Local Shop Stewards
Our Local Shop Stewards are the back bone of our Union. ( Please click on either manuals below to view )
These manuals have been produced to assist you in your role as a CUPW Shop Stewards. Read it carefully and carry it with you for easy reference. These manuals won’t tell you everything you need to know to do your job well, but it is a good start. However, you should also get to know your collective agreements, the CUPW national constitution and policies, your Local by-laws and the Canada Labour Code. Of course, no one expects one person to know everything. Other stewards, local union officers and regional officers are all excellent resources. If you need help or information, never hesitate to ask for help. We are all here to ensure the best possible representation for our CUPW members.
The best stewards treat all workers equally regardless of personal likes or dislikes, respect the privilege and confidentiality of communication with members, and do not make promises they cannot keep. If you bring a willingness to learn, a commitment to work collectively with others in the union, and a sense of responsibility to the position, you will serve your brothers and sisters well and earn their respect.As a steward, you will be widely recognised as a representative of CUPW, not only by other members, but also by management, at labour events, and in the community at large. Your daily contact with workers may be the most tangible contact they have with the union. For some, you may be the only personal contact they have. Your interactions will have a strong influence on the way they feel about CUPW. Competent stewards who fight for the best interests of workers against the power of corporate interests are truly the key to union organization. By providing your co-workers with good representation, good information and good leadership, you help strengthen the solidarity of CUPW members from coast to coast.
The roles of our Shop Stewards in our Urban/RSMC bargaining units are very important and we/they have taken the opportunity to play an important role in the following:
- Helping to address matters with Local Management
- Speaking/Communicating with our CUPW Members
- Assists our Local as Organizer/Mobilizer on our Union activities
- Investigates and assists in filing grievances as per our Urban/RSMC’s and private bargaining sectors
- To represent members in any disciplinary interviews
- Helps with all Health & Safety matters/issues in the Depot
- The importance of meeting new members
- Understanding also our rights under the Federal legislation
As part of our democratic process, our Royal City Local by-law also has a position called the Executive Chief Steward. This person’s role is to help oversee all of the Local Shop Stewards in our Local. It is important to keep all of our Shop Stewards in the loop regarding matters as approved by the President and/or Vice-President’s directions.
To our brothers and sisters who are RSMC’s, there is a Shop Stewards manual for you.
As per our CUPW National Constitution, our Local/Regional offices are mandated to help with training any person who are interested in wishing to become a Local Shop Steward. Our Local always welcomes any one who can or wishes to help us in this important role, please phone our Local at 604-515-7600 ( leave a message ) or email the firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Depot Shop Stewards
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