Stewards have to challenge the employer’s authority when members’ rights and the contract are violated. So what protection do you have when you do that?
Think about how you felt when you showed up for your first day of work. Or how you feel when you walk into a room full of people you don’t know. It can be stressful and uncomfortable.
As a steward, you can help build union loyalty and good relations in the workplace by taking the time to greet new members on their first day or days on the job. By being a friendly face in a crowd of strangers, you can help them feel comfortable at work and with the union. By providing them with basic information about SGEU and their workplace rights, you help build their interest in the union.
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When you become a steward, you must register with SGEU's membership records. Click on this link to find out why and how.
In 2003, SGEU created a Steward Task Force to support the development of effective stewards. The Task Force consulted widely in the union and presented its report to SGEU's annual convention in 2007.
By law, all employers must have a policy against harassment in the workplace. Here is a sample policy (and other information) suggested by the province's Occupational Health and Safety Division.