For many members, the Steward is the face of the union. The Steward is the visible presence of the union in our workplaces as the union officer who works with and interacts with the members at the workplace and represents them in a specific department. The Steward enforces the collective agreement and protects the rights members have acquired through negotiations and other union actions. Stewards are elected or appointed within the Local.
The Steward is not alone in the Local. Along with other Stewards, they form the “Stewards’ Network”. The “Stewards’ Network” gives the union its strength and puts the union on an equal level with the university administration.
Check out some of these PSAC resources for Shop Stewards:
The role of the Steward: The Steward’s job: what you need to do, to know, to have.
Our rights under the law: Know our rights as unionized workers.
The Steward’s Dictionary: Some terms you should know.
Duty to Accommodate: a PSAC Guide for local representatives.Forms and more are posted online at http://psacunion.ca/shop-stewards.