What is a shop steward?

A shop steward is an employee of an organization or company, who represents and defends the interests of her/his fellow employees but who is also a labor union official. Rank-and-file members of the union hold this position voluntarily (through democratic election by fellow workers or sometimes by appointment of a higher union body) while maintaining their role as an employee of the firm. As a result, the union steward becomes a significant link and conduit of information between the union leadership and rank-and-file workers.

The duties of a union steward vary according to each labor union's constitutional mandate for the position. In general, most union stewards perform the following functions:

- Monitor and enforce the provisions of the collective bargaining agreement (labor _contract) to _ensure both the firm and union worker are not violating the terms of the _agreement.

- Ensure that the firm is in compliance with all federal, state and local laws and _regulations.

- Represent and defend fellow workers whom the firm believes violated company _policy or the _terms and conditions of the collective bargaining agreement, often _through the grievance process.

- Communicate and disseminate official union policy, memos and directives to _workers in the shop.

- Popularize and promote union consciousness and values in the workplace.

If you are already a steward, or want to be, please view the items below.

Steward Application
I'll Be There
I Will Fight For My Job
Wear Red Thursdays

State Grievance Form
City/Municipal Grievance Form
Private Sector Grievance Form