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What is a Shop Steward?

Because your union representative can not be at your workplace around-the-clock, shop stewards who are employed where you work act as on-site representatives.

  • They are familiar with your contract and can answer general questions.
  • They assist new employees in joining the union and are knowledgeable about the benefits of becoming a member.
  • They are familiar with the grievance procedure and can direct you through the proper steps (in particular, when your union representative is unavailable).
  • They are available to help you identify violations of the contract and can assist you in referencing sections of the contract.
  • They act as a liaison between employees and the union.
  • They understand problems and challenges facing your department/company and relay pertinent information to the union.
  • They participate in contract negotiations, speak on your behalf and distribute flyers and information at your work site.
  • They attend union meetings and are kept abreast of union-wide updates and labor issues.

SHOP STEWARD RESOURCES
 
 A Stewards Guide to Welcoming New Members
 Guide for Shop Stewards
 Glossary of Union Terms
 The 7 Tests of Just Cause

 
 
         
 
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