HEU recruiting Enhanced Disability Management Program stewards

Are you a facilities member working directly for a health authority, Providence Health Care, or a facilities affiliate employer?

Do you have a keen interest in helping members get back to work from illness and injury?

If you answered yes, then we would like to hear from you!

What is the EDMP program?

The union recognizes that early intervention can contribute to successful long-term recovery and management of illness and injury. To this end, HEU, health authorities, Providence Health Care and affiliate employers have negotiated an Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) for the facilities subsector.

The goal of EDMP is to ensure that members who are injured or ill can access supports that assist them in managing their injury or illness in a timely way and/or return to work with appropriate supports and accommodation.

What is an EDMP steward?

Under the guidance of the EDMP Administrator, the primary responsibilities of the EDMP steward will be to represent and assist members in the program by contacting participating members to provide additional information or assistance and do ongoing follow-up, resolve disputes through the EDMP dispute resolution process, and talk to members who have declined to participate in the program, offering information and guidance.

  • The EDMP steward will also assist in promoting and identifying best practices under the program so that we can continue to improve members’ ability to return to – and remain actively at – work.  
  • The EDMP steward will work with the employer’s designated Disability Management Advisors to review and provide feedback on the case management plan for participating members.

We are looking for HEU EDMP stewards who hold a regular position in the workplace, and are covered by the Health Services & Support Facilities Subsector collective agreement, and work for a health authority, Providence Health Care, or a facilities affiliate employer.

Skills required

  • Demonstrated commitment to, and awareness of, disability management and return-to-work programs.
  • A minimum of three (3) years, experience in an advocacy role and knowledge of HEU.
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive personal information.
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Good organizational and computer skills.
  • Good interpersonal and problem-solving skills.

The EDMP steward must be able and willing to travel within their assigned area, hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a vehicle.  

The office location and the employer work sites in the assignment will be determined in consultation with each successful EDMP steward within each health authority and Providence Health Care. The work schedule is Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, (stats and Saturday, Sunday off).  Orientation will be provided to new EDMP stewards.

Expressions of Interest

EDMP stewards will be selected at a provincial level.  

If you are interested in being an EDMP steward, we are looking for you to identify any education, training or experience in health care that shows you have knowledge of, or are willing to learn about, issues like disability management and return to work, privacy and confidentiality, collective agreement rights and benefits, and anything else you feel is important for us to know about.

Experience as an advocate for members and knowledge about the union, and experience with OH&S, GRTW and DTA are considered an asset.

EDMP stewards will have access to very sensitive personal information. In order for members to participate in EDMP fully and with confidence, and given that the EDMP steward must dedicate themselves fully to the program, a successful applicant for an EDMP steward position is subject to the following policy:

Due to the full-time nature of the role, EDMP stewards are advised not to take on a full-time role on their local executive. They may take on a less-demanding role;

An EDMP steward may not act as a labour relations steward during their term; If an EDMP steward is elected to a position on the Provincial Executive or the bargaining committee, they will resign their position as steward;

EDMP stewards are full members of HEU and can participate in all union functions, meetings and events, including labour councils.

The EDMP steward will refer labour relations matters to labour relations stewards and union representatives.

The EDMP steward must be able and willing to travel within their assigned area, hold a valid driver’s license and have access to a vehicle.  

Estimated start:  April 2020

Length of appointment: 24-month term with the possibility of extension

Deadline to apply:  Friday, January 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Interested? Please download and fill out the form at the bottom of this page and send by email, mail or fax, along with a resume that identifies the skills and experience you can bring to this role to the attention of Miho Shimamura.

HEU Provincial Office
5000 North Fraser Way
Burnaby, B.C. V5J 5M3
Email: mshimamura@heu.org
Fax: 604.739.1510