Gathering information – Call from WCB managers

By now you have received the email from Jamie Hall outlining the Employer’s Recovery Plan. In the email, Jamie indicated that starting Monday, May 25, your manager will contact you to have a discussion and ask you a series of questions. 

During this call, your manager may ask if you have a medical or health issue that prevents you from returning to the office at this time. From a privacy perspective, you can choose to answer this question with a simple “yes” or “no”. Please know that your manager should not be asking you to disclose your private medical information and you are not required to provide specifics.

If you are asked if you have daycare or childcare issues, a simple “yes” is all the manager is entitled to know. The manager should not be asking any specifics such as the age of your children or how many children you have. Again, it is up to you if you choose to disclose this information. Doing so is only on a voluntary basis and is not mandatory.

If you are dealing with elder care issues, again you can provide a “yes” or “no” answer and are not required to disclose who the elder care is for or what the care entails.

Should you be asked for this type of personal information during this call, you have the right to let the manager know you have been advised that you are not required to provide this. We also ask that you contact us to let us know if you have been asked to provide personal details such as these examples.

Jamie’s email also concludes by indicating that if you have any questions you can contact your manager or Human Resources. Unfortunately, managers will likely not have answers to many of your questions, and to my knowledge, only one person in Human Resources (Brent Mendella) has been in meetings about the recovery plan.

Your union is here to answer your questions, as both Rick Rennie and I have been in discussions with Jamie and Brent. We have raised a number of issues and have taken note of the answers provided.

Please do not hesitate to contact either Rick or myself before or after your call with your manager and we will do our best to answer your questions.

In Solidarity,

Dennis Kshyk, President, CUPE 1063