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Return-to-Work Strategies: Assisting Members after a Trauma

Ove Overmyer steward update

Return-to-Work Strategies: Assisting Members after a Trauma

Suppose a member you represent has been absent after experiencing a traumatic life event—surviving the death of a close family member, a violent crime, a debilitating accident or a significant illness or surgery. You’ve just learned they have a date to return to work. As their union steward, you naturally feel compelled to help all parties involved with the transition period but you are not sure how to go about it.     Unfortunately, society in general does little to help us cope with an extreme life event; the workplace can be even more challenging. Consequently, a worker who isn’t allowed to...

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