Job stress has been defined as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources or needs of the worker. This course builds on the stress awareness programs by reviewing how a unionized workplace can help workers effectively manage stress. Self-help is central to overcoming the problems caused by stress. Unions act as an “action group,” and represent an organized approach to self-help and change through vehicles such as: health and safety committees, collective bargaining, grievances, counselors, EAP programs, and activism.

UFCW Canada also offers a webCampus course, entitled Stress in the Workplace, that builds on our stress awareness programs by exploring how unions can help members effectively manage stress in the workplace. This course is availableto all UFCW Canada members and their family members completely free of charge.