Union locals have shop stewards who voluntarily serve their co-workers by informing them of their rights and responsibilities under the collective agreement. They help resolve problems, handle grievances and educate their fellow workers in the policies and activities of the union.
Stewards are present in many departments and areas of workplaces. You can study your collective agreement with the help of your local Steward.
Find information for contacting your Shop Steward on the Locals pages of this website.
Interested in becoming a Steward? Contact your Local President or attend a general meeting for more information.
See the Training webpage for course information:
- The UNW Grievance Process
- UNW Shop Steward Course
Download a copy of the Shop Stewards Manual 2015 Edition
All union officers are bound by an oath of confidentiality according to the Code of Conduct contained in the UNW by-laws.
In handling grievance files, all stewards are required to deliver case materials for secure storage upon completion of the case. Documents are securely stored at the UNW office. No member files are stored in stewards’ offices or homes.