The Steward is one of the most important positions within the labour movement, and probably the most recognizable. You are the first person that members in your assigned area contact for information about their workplace, union, Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), and for help resolving workplace issues. As a Steward, you are a vital link between the members, your local (or bargaining unit), SGEU, and management.
You are a workplace leader who represents SGEU, coordinates Stewards, and enforces the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). You work collectively with stewards, elected leaders, and SGEU staff in your workplace, bargaining unit, and sector. You also deal with management on behalf of the union. As Chief Steward, you fulfill the duties of a Steward, but also work with other Stewards in many capacities.
The employer is morally, socially and legally responsible for ensuring a respectful work environment free of harassment. This responsibility flows from the Saskatchewan Occupational Health & Safety Act (or its successor, the Saskatchewan Employment Act).
The Occupational Health & Safety Act (or its successor, the Saskatchewan Employment Act) requires all employers to develop, in consultation with the occupational health committee, a written policy to prevent harassment in the workplace.
For additional information on this topic, please see The Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
How to deal with and education some of our members who are less than perfect people? What are our legal or moral obligations?
All members have the legal right to fair treatment from the union and its representatives. Duty of fair representation does not mean that unions have to take every grievance through to arbitration. It means we must judge a grievance on its merits, not on our opinion of the griever.