Warm greetings my fellow union brothers and sisters. As Fall is now among us, change is in the air as our merger with U.S. Air comes near to it's final stage. As usual this time of the year brings us to a shift change as well. Some of us will be working with new people while others will be with some familiar faces. We put on our uniforms each day with the goal being to get through the day safely. The last thing anyone plans on is getting into an accident. While sometimes they can be avoided, the process afterwards involves a board of inquiry (BOI) investigation conducted by management. This sometimes includes a drug test which needs to be done in the correct manner and in the presence of union officials. The increased drug testing has made members vulnerable to disciplinary actions by management. This realization brings to light the daily struggle of drugs and alcohol that may be hidden otherwise. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) deals with personal issues that might adversely impact one's job performance, health, and well-being. By providing guidance we hope to aid our membership so they can protect themselves from harm and assist them with anything that will jeopardize their career.
Right off the bat, the EAP is not here to turn in anybody for anything. We treat our peers with the utmost respect they deserve accompanied with absolute confidentiality. The EAP does not discipline or punish those who ask for assistance. Support is what's given when requested. Talking to any of the EAP coordinators or visiting the office in the mezzanine costs absolutely nothing. Some jobs do not have any programs that offers help to their employees. It is a benefit that should be utilized when needed.
While one can cite freedom of personal choices, the fact remains that we work in a safety conscious place with a zero tolerance drug policy. The statement is obvious that drug use jeopardizes one's career while endangering themselves and/or others. It needs to be said again because of the nature of addiction or alcohol abuse is that it causes people to do things that they normally wouldn't do. If you ever wondered if you or someone you know may have a drug/alcohol problem there are four questions that come from the CAGE Questionnaire can clear things up. 1.) Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking or drug abuse? 2.) Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking or drug use? 3.) Have you ever felt bad about your drinking or drug use? 4.) Have you ever had a drink or used drugs first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover? If the answer is yes to just one of these questions one is considered to be 'at risk'. Two or more is an indication that a problem already exists.
To truly benefit from the EAP's services, one has to reach out before anything unforeseen happens. Being sincere and honest from the get-go is the best coarse of action. By reaching out to EAP coordinators or union officials an employee is doing the right thing by taking responsibility of the situation. And that in itself is a brave act. There's more at stake than just losing a job here. Drug and alcohol abuse takes it's toll on the person's loved ones as well. Please don't risk your health and the safety of others by staying silent.
The EAP coordinators
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