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 your zone to do the following:
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 following document will assist you on how the steward deals with harassment complaints...
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 click on Know Your Workplace Harassment document below.
Click here for the pdf version of the SGEU Anti-Harassment Policy
How do we deal with and education some of our members who are less than perfect people? What are our legal or moral obligations? Our union foundation is that we are unity of all workers.
For additional info on this topic, please click Member-To-Member Harassment: What To Do document below.
For an explanation of each of these reasons, please click below.
We all make mistakes. We're human. Shop stewards even make mistakes. Some of these mistakes are particularly serious. Here is a list of 20 mistakes that shop stewards may make. Read them over. Nod your heads. Try not to make them!
Click below for a list of 20 mistakes that a shop steward may make:
Click here for a link to the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission
Click here for the Speaking Notes for New Members
Click here for Working Well: Employers' Guide To Preventing and Stopping Harassment in the Saskatchewan Workplaces
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 grievor.
For additional information on this topic, please click on Duty of Fair Representation document below.