The role of Union Steward is an important one and not to be treated lightly. As the ambassador of the Union you are responsible for the following:
- Lead by example. You must act professionally, work smart, work hard, and treat everyone equally and with respect.
- Introduce yourself to all Boilermakers and identify yourself as the job Steward. This displays a union presence on the job
- Communicate with the members on a regular basis.
- Communicate regularly with the area Business Representative
- Be the Unions safety representative. Take part in Joint Health and Safety Committee meetings, relay information between the members and the contractor and vice-versa
- Monitor layoffs, quits, dismissals, transfers, name hires, apprenticeship ratios, absenteeism and poor craftsmanship
- Encourage members to attend monthly Union meetings and vote in elections. Attend meetings yourself.
- Know the contract you are working under. Ensure that the contract is followed, both by the contractor and the Union members
- Be the first contact for health and wellness related issues. If a member expresses a need or appears in need, be there. Contact your local Business Representative if needed
- Be the eyes for the Union regarding jurisdiction. Contact your Business Representative with any questions or concerns
- Become familiar with the Contractors disciplinary/worksite rules. Be armed with knowledge of the rules and facts of the situation when representing a worker at a disciplinary meeting
- Address a foreman, worker or supervisor directly if a problem should arise
- Always work to keep the crew on the job
- Represent everyone fairly and without prejudice
- Keep a logbook. Update Daily
- Maintain a positive attitude, encourage morale, recognize good craftsmanship
- Be proud to represent your Union!
Here is a link for the steward’s sourcebook on the IBB webpage: https://boilermakers.org/resources/stewards_sourcebook