Message from the President – October 30, 2012

I know that this year hasn’t been an easy one for our members who are dealing with the stress of organizational changes, program cuts, shrinking budgets and affected letters.

Members are living with uncertainty and are concerned for their jobs and their colleagues.  The stress of the Work Force Adjustment (WFA) process is affecting managers and employees, as well as their families.  It is also placing a strain on those who are attempting to provide support and guidance, like the Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

It is difficult for many of us to continue to come to work with positive attitudes and to remain productive.  In some cases, the uncertainty and stress are leading to issues of absenteeism, poor work performance and workplace conflict.  Members who may already have been suffering from depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions are particularly vulnerable to the stress of possibly losing their jobs, or the turmoil of reorganization and changes in the workplace.

The effects of this stress can be seen in the unprecedented increases in call to theEmployee Assistance Program (EAP) as well as the increasing numbers of disability claims being filed for mental health issues.

I want to urge anyone who is suffering from depression, anxiety or experiencing other mood or mental health issues to reach out for help before your situation becomes unmanageable.  Support and services are available to help you through times of crisis (see member resources section).  Local 70713 also offers union counselling services to members in need.  For more information on union counselling, please contact me at


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