Behavioral Healthcare Coordinator: Jamie Becker

As the LHSFNA’s Behavioral Healthcare Coordinator, Jamie F. Becker pays close attention to the Fund’s Member Assistance Programs and its Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) program.

Jamie Becker teaches a unit on Critical Incident Stress Debriefings (CISD) at the Supervisor Training Education Program (STEP) pilot testing last May (Photo: Steve Clark).

She joined the staff last March because, “After many years of mostly individual counseling, I appreciated the chance to work on broader health program development and implementation.” Previously, she worked for more than five years as an employee assistance counselor, first at the U.S. Postal Service headquarters in Washington, DC and, then, at APS Healthcare, a managed behavioral health care firm in Bethesda, MD.

“Working with the construction industry is both challenging and rewarding,” she says. “Construction is dangerous so any help we provide to minimize unsafe behavior can make a big difference in our members’ lives. Also, though it’s not a happy part of my job, it’s satisfying and rewarding to conduct CISDs that help members and signatory employers handle the emotional response to traumatic incidents at work.”

Becker has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado and a Masters in Social Work with a specialization in employee assistance programs and a subspecialization in addictions from the University of Maryland. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW-C) with extensive experience and training in critical incident stress debriefing, and she is a member of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association.

In her spare time, she competes in marathons and triathlons.

Senior Safety and Health Specialist: Walter A. Jones

“Statutory requirements aren’t enough, and it’s not about shutting things down,” says the LHSFNA’s new Senior Safety and Health Specialist Walter Jones. “But don’t act like the worksite is fine the way it is. Just tell the truth: it’s dangerous out there. Give the workers information and support, and they’ll work safer.”

Walter Jones leads a class in worksite safety management at the Supervisor Training Education Program (STEP) pilot testing last May (Photo: Steve Clark).

Jones, his father a UAW member and his mother in SEIU, “hated being dragged to picket lines” when he was a kid, but, inevitably, he grew up concerned for the well-being of working people. “I never wanted to work for private industry so much as the labor movement,” he says.

A 1984 graduate of Brockport (NY) State University with a BS in Finance and Economics, Jones went on to a Masters Degree in Environmental and Occupational Health Science at Hunter College in New York City. From 1995 to early 2002, he conducted workplace assessments and developed safety plans in conjunction, first, with the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades and, later, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He joined the LHSFNA staff in March, 2002.

At the LHSFNA, Jones is responsible for reviewing and developing safety programs for signatory employers, responding to affiliate requests for technical safety and health information and conducting workplace inspections to make hazard control recommendations at the joint request of local LIUNA officials and signatory employers. He also prepares written comments and provides testimony to OSHA and the EPA regarding proposed legislation or regulations that are relevant to LIUNA members.

Jones’ work takes him on the road a lot, but when he can relax at home, golf is his main recreational pursuit.

[Steve Clark]