Shop Stewards can either be elected by the membership or appointed by the local. Usually you will have a designated steward for your area or shift so the number of stewards will vary based on the size of the bargaining unit.
What is a Shop Steward?
The shop steward is the go-to union representative on the job site. He or she has a number of responsibilities from contract enforcement and assisting in grievance procedures, to keeping members informed and motivated about their union. A shop steward is:
- familiar with your contract and can answer general questions
- assist new employees in joining the union and are knowledgeable about the benefits of being a member
- familiar with the grievance procedure and can direct you through the proper steps
- available to help you identify violations of the contract and can assist you in referencing sections of the contract
- act as a liaison between employees and the union
- understand problems and challenges facing your department/company and relay information to the union
- participate in contract negotiations
- attend union meetings and are kept current of union-wide updates and labor issues
Local 959 offers training for current and new shop stewards usually in the odd years; the last training was held in the spring of 2017, the next shop steward training is tentatively planned for 2019. Stewards will receive notification of training when it is scheduled.