ANOTHER PROBLEM SOLVED: Winter Clothing Policies

A GSU member reached out to staff rep Donna Driediger regarding winter clothing policies and requirements surrounding winter gear on the work site.
When a member’s manager advised them that their winter coat was not sufficient, they sought information from GSU. When Driediger looked into the matter, there didn’t appear to be any policy advising that the member’s winter gear was insufficient.

While members need to be dressed safely and appropriately when on the job in order to withstand the elements, there was no requirement to purchase new gear.

“Some people are warmer humans and others run cooler,” Driediger says. “Your manager isn’t your parent and doesn’t get to tell you your coat isn’t warm enough.”

“But do keep in mind that winter weather isn’t our friend.”

GSU staff representatives work with you to find answers to your questions, recommend what course of action is best to follow, and find the solutions that work for you. Contacting GSU does not mean you are obligated to file a grievance. We are here to assist you in any way that we can, but we will not contact your employer, file a grievance or act on your behalf without consultation, direction and approval from you.