What is a Union Steward?

A union steward is an employee just like you. They have a job to do every day, and they answer to the same management that you do. The key difference, is that a union steward has the training, the tools, and the protections to help you and other employees solve problems at work!
he job of a union steward involves:

  • Representation
  • Communication
  • Education

If you think you have a problem, then perhaps your steward can help you. He/she has been trained by the union and has special legal protections to enable them to stand up to management that isn’t being reasonable.

A term you may be familiar with is “filing a grievance.” A grievance is an allegation that management has violated the terms of the contract. Not every problem is a violation of the contract, so make sure to consult your steward to find out if your problem can be solved by filing a grievance. Also, not every problem requires a grievance. Talk to your steward, he/she can help you.

 Download a Problem Fact Sheet for stewards.

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