Stewards have the opportunity to speak to members every day,
at mealtime, at break and during working hours. Take
advantage of these opportunities to inform members about the
latest union activities and to encourage participation. This
will reinforce union solidarity. Members expect you to know
more about the union than they do and they will listen to
what you have to say. They might not agree, but generally
they will trust you. Make sure you tell the truth and do not
make up answers if you are asked something you do not know.
know newly hired workers.
new employee is a potential member or an automatic member of
the union. Whether this new employee becomes an enthusiastic
member or an indifferent one all depends on you. You must
convince new employees that it is in their interest to
become a union member and that the union movement is a
democratic organization they will be proud to belong to.
Introduce yourself and explain your
work as a steward. Tell them about the union. Offer your
help if they have problems. Explain all the gains that the
union has made for its members since they were first
Make sure new employees fell
welcome. Put them at case. Give them a copy of the
collective agreement and offer to answer any questions they
may have. Give them CEP literature. This will foster a sense
meetings, events and union training sessions.
among the most democratic organizations in the world. It is
both a privilege and a duty for every member to take part in
the election of stewards, Union committee members and
It's at union meetings that members
learn how their dues are used. Who their representatives are
and what the union does.
When members do not bother attending
meetings, they weaken their union. It goes without saying
that you must encourage them to attend all meetings. Hold
shop meetings and keep your members up to date on the latest
developments. Encourage them to make their views known.
When a situation arises in the
workplace that affects many members, it is up to you to call
You are the union in the minds of
your members. Make sure that every member receives
newspapers and that the bulletin board contains the latest
members to use the union's services. Inform members of the
social activities sponsored by the union. Help the members
experiencing problems outside work, for example:
disqualification from unemployment insurance, a need for
day-care or a problem with alcohol or drugs. Refer them to
union leaders trained to respond to these needs or to CEP's