When To Call A Steward
You have questions about the union or about the contract.
You have been called into a meeting with management that could lead to discipline.
You think your rights have been violated at work.
Management isn't following their own policies or honoring the contract.
Management is violating local, state, or federal labor laws.
You want to get more involved in building a voice for you and your coworkers at your worksite.
When Contacting A Steward Be Prepared To:
Recount the issue, situation, or story in accurate details. It's a good idea to make notes when a situation arises. Accurate records are one of the most important parts of filing a grievance.
If possible, identify which article of the contract, or what laws, are being violated.
Check in with your coworkers and ask for, or offer, support as needed.
Work together and take action with your steward, affected coworkers, and other union members to fight for a fair resolution.
Stick with it! Management may try to stall as a way of not having to change or fix the problem. Winning takes not giving up the fight.