Operating Insulin Pump Not Same as Injecting Drugs

|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/06/2011

When an Educational Assistant’s assignment was changed from helping to manage a student’s diabetes by monitoring her blood glucose level and then prescribing either a snack or increased activity to entering data into the student’s new insulin pump, the union grieved.

The union alleged that the new assignment violated an express provision in the collective agreement prohibiting employees from administering medication by injection.

An Educational Assistant (E.A.) at a primary school, L. E. was part of a team trained and assigned to help manage a kindergarten student’s diabetes.