EDMONTON – On Nov. 1, the Building Trades of Alberta, alongside Morneau Shepell, will launch the BTA Member Wellness Program, a first for the organization, which concentrates on helping those within the unionized building trades get assistance and treatment for substance abuse, with emphasis on respecting the individual and a safe, quick return to work.
“For years, concerns have been raised by contractors, affiliates and their members about the employee family assistance program (EFAP) currently in use throughout the unionized building trades,” said BTA Executive Director Terry Parker. “From a lack of available workforce, to unfair treatment and unacceptable time away from work, there were many issues we needed to tackle. And we did.
“The Member Wellness Program, a dedicated substance abuse program (SAP), is administered by BTA, ensures clinical integrity and follows the Canadian model for providing a safe workplace. It meets the needs of owners, contractors and members, and helps ensure a safe workplace for all.“
The first phase of BTA’s Member Wellness Program includes affiliate locals, Alberta Regional Council of Carpenters and Allied Workers and Ironworkers Local 720, with several locals joining in the coming months.
“We’re pleased we can finally bring a program to our stakeholders that focuses on education and awareness, and most importantly, ensures those who need help get it in a dignified manner so they can get back to work, safely,” Parker said.
The Building Trades of Alberta proudly represents more than 60,000 members through 18 Alberta local unions, province-wide.
For more information and media requests:
Tyler Bedford, BTA Director of Communications and Relations: 780-298-7626