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Meeting about disability at work

Jul 18, 2016 6:13 PM

So I would like to ask for advice from people who have been through this I'd at all possible.
I was informed today that there will be a meeting that I am required to attend at 1pm (my shift starts at 3pm). This meeting includes my boss, my bosses boss, human resources, labour relations, the local union rep who is also one of the supervisors of the team I'm on and the western canada union rep. It is apparently to discuss my restrictions and limitations and each groups or persons roles and responsibilities when it comes to my conditions.
Any tips on how to get this going in the direction I need and not put myself in more danger of losing my job?

Jul 18, 2016 6:18 PM

I do t have any real advice since I'm currently going through a similar type of thing. But I do have a question. Of the people you mentioned will be at this meeting which one is there for you? As in who is gonne be there to represent you a d your best interest? I'm sure you bosses and there bosses are looking out for the production a d payroll cost. So are u gonna have anyone who is for you?

Jul 18, 2016 6:28 PM

The 2 union guys are supposed to be there for me.
My boss might be the only one who is truly in my corner.

Jul 18, 2016 6:29 PM

Ok..have you or will you have a chance to speak with them before the meeting starts.

Jul 18, 2016 6:33 PM

I will have a chance to talk to the union guy just prior, like maybe half an hour before.
My boss said it's nothing to worry about and we will be going over restrictions and limitations, possible accommodations, and roles and responsibilities.
But im still terrified

Jul 18, 2016 6:37 PM

Yes. I understand.its nothing for her/him but for u this is your lively hood. however I'm sure your gonna do great and its all gonna work out for you.

Jul 18, 2016 6:40 PM

I wish I had your confidence.
Thanks for the support. ❤

Jul 18, 2016 11:15 PM

Gotobef, this is your opportunity to shine!! Only you know your body, your pain. You could sit down & put some heavy thought into what you need at work that would make your day more comfortable & more productive .I Always find pro and con lists to be a great aid to coalesce my thought. Please don't worry, but do arm your best self with your best thought. I know you will shine. 💖

Jul 18, 2016 11:40 PM

I don't even know what to ask for. I can't get rid of the shift work or being on call without violating the union contract and losing my position. I can't expect people to change and not use/wear scented products. My boss bought me a mask and has gotten a promise from the facilities manager that 2 air purifiers will be purchased, this was last week so i dont know if they've been ordered yet. I don't know what else to ask for. I have different chairs than everyone else. I have the freedom to move around the building, I just can't leave the range of the cordless phone incase something happens. The boss is already fighting for a full hvac upgrade both for me and his allergies. I don't know what else can be done to accommodate chemical sensitivities.

Jul 19, 2016 12:15 AM

I work in a unionized facility as well (in Canada). Our facility has a policy that makes it scent free. People can't wear scents. Many places have these policies here.

Jul 19, 2016 12:48 AM

The whole company (canada wide) would have to adopt a scent free policy. They don't want to. There are some notices out saying please be nice to your coworkers and don't wear scents but there is no enforceable policy. I guess i can ask.
Thanks for the suggestion

Jul 19, 2016 2:57 AM

Good luck! Let us know how it goes!

Jul 19, 2016 5:38 PM

They are going to run some info sessions about scent in the workplace, they won't be implementing a scent free policy though.
They want me to sign my medical records over to a company called organizational solutions so that this company can determine if accommodations are necessary and if so what they are.
So I have to make sure that my doctors are all backing me on this and will say I need accommodations in the form of masks and air purifiers and time off in the event of a bad exposure before I sign the papers. If I don't sign the company can refuse to help me or even fire me so the union suggested i talk to my doctors this week and sign papers next week.

Jul 19, 2016 10:11 PM

How do u feel about it? It sounds a bit constricting for you. How do u feel about signing over your medical records to some outside company? Seems as if your giving up some of your privacy

Jul 19, 2016 10:35 PM

At least my employer will not be getting my medical records. The union guy assures me that they will only take what is relevant to the current situation. It's pretty much a loose lose for me but I think most every company with a disability plan in place will get a third party involved so that the liability isn't on them. So if I want to work anywhere I'll probably have to ask for the same accommodations and give someone access to my files.

Jul 19, 2016 10:37 PM

Yes true... do you feel as if you were heard? Are comfortable with how it ends?

Jul 19, 2016 10:57 PM

This was the first of many meetings. It was mostly them throwing info about the process at me. I didnt say anything except that I was sad there was no scent free policy.
I didn't get fired and the manager I dont get along with wasn't there. When he didn't show i think both the union guys and i were relieved. He would have created conflict and i would have said something and probably gotten fired. So far its going ok.
I must have looked like ass though because they sent me home after the meeting. Told me to rest and that i would get my normal pay for the shift and not have to put in leave. Which is nice of them

Jul 19, 2016 11:10 PM

That's true. Releases your money not gonna be affected. I really hope you get what u need and want from this

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