Stewards are the foundation for a strong, effective and democratic union. Stewards are our co-workers who we’ve selected to be our work site representatives. They promote fairness, justice, and equality at the work site by:
- Organizing a strong and united work site
- Working with management and Local 99 organizers to come up with solutions to workplace issues
- Assisting members at work with filing grievances
- Interpreting and enforcing our contract
- Signing-up and orienting new members
- Keeping members informed of union activities
- Educating members about the importance of political action and our COPE Fund
- Maintaining overall union solidarity and enthusiasm
How to Become or Continue Being a Steward
Step 1 (New Stewards): Get Nominated
Members in good standing (defined as being current in membership dues) can become a shop steward through a nominating procedure. All new and continuing stewards (electing for a new term) must submit a completed nomination form.
Step 2: Get Training
If training sessions are scheduled to occur within the first six months of being elected as a steward, you are required to attend at least two sessions.
If training sessions are scheduled to occur within the first six months of being re-elected, you must attend one session.