Contracted with the IAM/Boeing // Joint Programs, as Subject Matter Experts in Vocational Rehabilitation. Teaming with internal and external partners to provide Job Analyses, Reasonable Accommodation assistance, Ergonomic Evaluations and Job Modifications for Employees with an injury, illness, or other medical condition.
What is Vocational Rehabilitation?
Although Vocational Rehabilitation grew out of efforts to rehabilitate people with disabilities, today it encompasses the provision of assistance to a much broader group, including people with physical health conditions and mental health problems. Generally, it is defined as a process that enables people with functional, psychological, developmental, cognitive and emotional impairments or health conditions to overcome barriers to accessing, maintaining or returning to employment or other useful occupations. Therefore, the focus of vocational rehabilitation is to help people retain or regain the ability to participate in work, rather than to treat any illness or injury itself.
Here at the Boeing company, vocational rehabilitation counselors (VRCs) are employees of IAM CREST, a neutral third-party specified as a preferred provider in the bargaining agreement with the IAMAW (International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers) and The Boeing Company in Letter of Understanding 18. The VRCs are sponsored by IAM/Boeing Joint Programs, founded in the 1991 labor agreement, and represents a unique partnership between the union and the Boeing Company, working together to keep employees at work or return them to work.
The VRCs are deployed through throughout Puget Sound and in Portland, and work as part of various interdisciplinary teams, including disability management, workers' compensation, the medical and legal departments, unions, and Environmental Health and Safety, to assist in providing employees with appropriate services. These services generally involve consultation, job analyses, and assistance with job accommodations or ergonomic evaluations. It is the expectation of the role as certified professionals in vocational rehabilitation to provide disclosure regarding the vocational rehabilitation process.
How can I receive Vocational Rehabilitation Services?
The VRCs have been contracted to provide vocational rehabilitation services to both the IAM union members, and all other Boeing employees in need of assistance. Although the largest population of Boeing employees may be assigned to first shift, our VRCs also support second and third shifts.
If you do not have access or the ability to contact one of our VRCs directly, but would like more information on our services or availability to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact the program's manager.
Brian Sorenson, M.A., C.R.C.
IAM C.R.E.S.T. Program Manager
IAM/Boeing :: Joint Programs