Employers are taking firmer stances on safety in the workplace and GSU staff reps have noticed an uptick in discipline-related calls regarding safety.
GSU believes a safe working environment preserves the well-being of our members and fosters a culture of trust, productivity, and efficiency. We support employer efforts to ensure their workplace and employees are safe.
Safety can’t be rushed, so when you are facing time constraints and demanding workloads, it is important to slow down, take a step back and ensure that all safety protocols are being followed. Rushing through tasks increases the likelihood of accidents or errors, and it’s always better to invest a little extra time in ensuring safety than to deal with the aftermath of an accident.
“If you find yourself in a situation where you feel pressured to compromise safety, it is crucial to communicate those concerns to your employer,” said GSU staff rep Brian Lark. “By reporting issues promptly, workers play an active role in staying safe and maintaining a safe and secure work environment. If talking to your employer doesn’t resolve the issue, call your GSU staff rep for assistance.”
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. These services are provided to you and paid for by your union dues. There is never an additional charge for assisting you, and there is no limit on the number of times you can seek advice.