It is both the legal obligation of a union and the nature of union representation to help those at risk on the job. When the cause of the problem on the job appears to be behavioral health, substance abuse, or stress-related, representation can be challenging. The member is often in denial, feeling shame and being defensive. In fact, denial is a primary symptom of behavioral health and addiction problems.
Since these conditions may often qualify as disabilities under federal law, state law, and case law, employees are entitled to medical/legal remediation.