Bullying is an issue that is all too common in the workplace, and it has made headlines here in Alberta the last few weeks with City of Edmonton employees speaking out against harassment at work.

When Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray announced major changes to  Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act with the introduction of Bill 30  An Act to Protect the Health and Well-being of Working Albertans.

One of the much needed changes will come to safety rules regarding bullying and psychological harassment.

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The Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) pointed out on their website that the most harmful forms of bullying are usually psychological and subtle – making them hard to recognize.

This can result in disrupting sleeping and eating patterns, increased use of drugs or alcohol, depression or even suicidal thoughts.

It is clear that bullying is something that needs to be taken seriously and many are applauding this move by the Alberta government to do more about it.

Being a union member also means you have a resource to reach out to if you feel you are being unfairly treated at work.

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When you are part of a union, you can reach out to a Shop Steward or Business Agent you feel comfortable sharing the issue with. They can also help you take care of your mental health, which can be greatly affected by bullying. Teamsters 362 has a full list of resources on our website that you can find here.

If you are not yet a part of a union, calling one and finding out what your rights are is also an action you could take.

Trade unions are there to stand up for all of your rights as a worker and ensure that you are working in a safe and healthy work environment –  that definitely includes workplace bullying.