The central purpose of unions has always been to respond to workers’ needs and concerns. Unions have a history of establishing and promoting community initiatives that improve the lives of workers and their families.
The growing disease of substance abuse, addictions, mental health, stress, depression, financial hardship, including but not limited to socioeconomic issues, are serious problems that hinder quality of life for many of our members.
Member and Employee Assistance Programs (MAP/EAP) essentially have the same objective: to assist workers and their families through prevention, intervention, assessment, directed care and follow-up services for problems that adversely impact workers’ lives.
MAP and EAP programs evolved from labor-initiated efforts to educate members and employers that debilitating personal problems should be approached as any other health care concern.
Ideally, employers will cooperate with the union on equal basis to tackle the drug, alcohol, mental and emotional issues that affect workers’ lives, the workplace and the community at large.
Where an employer will work with the union, we have an EAP. When the employer will not or cannot participate equally with the union; we have an MAP. Regardless of the latter, the IAM provides a CONFIDENTIAL service that will help members in need.
This service is available to all IAM members, staff and family members.
You may reach the confidential IAMAW EAP/MAP Helpline by calling 301-335-0735 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.