President's Message week of April 11, 2022

Do you know members who are not receiving important Union communication? Are they new to the UGDSB as an EA or ECE and have not signed up for our emails? Have you changed your email and forgotten to tell us? Fill out the attached sheet and stay informed... Completion of this information will allow you to receive important and valuable information on all pertinent Union issues including the collective agreement, health, and safety, benefits, educational workshops, pay equity, retirement, OMERS/pensions, Union meetings, and celebrations. If your personal information changes please inform, the Union Office so databases can be updated. VIOLENT INCIDENTS What is a violent incident? A violent incident is defined as the following acts but is not limited to:

Grab Kick Punch Slap Bite Pinch Spit Hair pull or cut Scratch Physical threat Assault Robbery Extortion Bullying

Threat (swearing, name-calling, intimidation, in person or on social media/digital device)

Throwing of any object (object does not need to make contact)

Physical, emotional, sexual abuse or harassment

Racial or Ethno-cultural harassment

Poke or stab with any object

Violent incidents can be defined by the following types:

  • Exercise of physical force

  • Attempt to exercise physical force

  • Threat to exercise physical force

If any workplace violence incident or accident occurs to an Educational Assistant (EA) or an Early Childhood Educator (ECE), the affected member must complete the following documentation:

  • Employee Incident Report

  • Safe Schools Incident Report

  • Physical Intervention Report (413-4) (if necessary)

Witnesses can complete:

  • Accident/Incident Witness Report

To report a violent incident: UGshare, Links, Incident/Accident Reporting

  • All violent incidents & accidents MUST be reported to the Principal/Supervisor.

  • These incidents may be INTENTIONAL or UNINTENTIONAL, but they are still defined as violent incidents.

  • Reporting violent incidents/workplace accidents & completing the necessary documentation is UGDSB Policy, the law & your professional responsibility as an ESSP/RECE.

  • Completing the required documentation does NOT reflect negatively on your actions or abilities but instead demonstrates professionalism, accountability, and responsibility.

  • Discouragement of reporting or reprisal is against the law! Contact the Union President if this happens to you!

For more information on workplace violence & health and safety: Workplace Violence Prevention Handbook

Health and Safety Concerns?

Contact: Julie Wagner Health and Safety Officer 226-962-7508

Upper Grand Employee Assistance Program

If you are finding yourself or a family member or a colleague is needing additional support or resources please refer to the board's employee and family assistance program. This service is free and confidential. The board is not given the names of members who are using the service. It has been a challenging year with COVID and many of us are dealing with other challenges unrelated to COVID. This resource may be of help to members who need it.

Access the Upper Grand District School Board’s Employee & Family Assistance Program 24/7 by phone, web or mobile app 1-800-387-4765 |

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