Become a Shop Steward

Updated March 12, 2018

CSU 52 strives to have a vibrant, active and engaged membership. Knowledgeable, well versed, engaged Shop Stewards are essential to the success of an engaged membership.

Are you interested in learning more about the benefits you and your colleagues have? Have you ever wondered how job selections are made? Or how job classifications are done? What benefits are you entitled to upon becoming a permanent employee? Or how clauses come into the Collective Agreement ? How vacation entitlement works? How do pensions work?

CSU 52 has opportunities for you to learn more about these and other Human Resource and Labour related issues. The role of Shop Steward presents you with opportunities to learn about these issues and develop skills in areas such as leadership development, communications and problem solving that you can use not only as a Shop Steward, but in other aspects of your career and life.

About the Role

The primary roles of our Shop Stewards are to build relationships with our members in the workplace, and ensure that the provisions of the Collective Agreement are adhered to. Shop Stewards help keep our members informed about Union Business and Workplace Policies and attempt to resolve issues before a grievance occurs. They are a liaison between the Union and the members, helping to ensure information is shared in a timely manner. Shop Stewards are an integral part of the success of the Union.

CSU 52 Shop Stewards are provided with training and development opportunities to increase their knowledge and skills in relation to Collective Agreements, Labour Relations, Communications and Membership Engagement.

Anyone is eligible to become a Shop Steward as long as they are an Active CSU 52 member. It does not matter what level they work at. They can work part-time or full-time. It does not matter how little experience one may have, it is a position where you will learn in the role.

Shop Steward meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of February, March, May, September and November, and Shop Stewards are encouraged to participate in a weekend training session in February that is hosted by the Edmonton & District Labour Council.

How to Become a Shop Steward

Shop Stewards generally represent between fifteen to thirty (15-30) members. If there are less than fifteen (15) members in the department, section or work area, the Shop Steward will represent 100% of those members.

Shop Stewards are elected to represent an area for a two year term. Elections take place in November of odd years, and term commences January 1st. A nomination form is provided by the Union office in November, to be posted in the work area. Nominees, Nominators and Electors must be Active Members of CSU 52 and must work in the area for which the Shop Steward election is being held. If there are more nominees than the number of available positions, an election will be held.

If an area is not represented by a Shop Steward, this vacancy may be filled mid-term in the same manner as a full term election. If a Mailout Representative is in place in the area with a vacancy, the Mailout Representative will be advised of the intention to elect a Shop Steward, as it is always preferable to have a Shop Steward in place in every area.

If you are interested in becoming a Shop Steward, or have questions about the role, please apply by clicking here.


General / Miscellaneous Information

CSU 52 Shop Stewards are expected to attend the Union’s General and Shop Steward meetings and to keep their members informed as to Union functions and activities. They act as a liaison between the Union and the members to ensure information is disseminated in a timely manner. In return for providing these services, Shop Stewards are given opportunities for training and also receive an honorarium based on attendance at Union meetings. Shop Stewards are an integral part of the success of the Union.

Eligibility
Anyone is eligible to become a Shop Steward as long as they are a CSU 52 member. It does not matter what level they work at. They can work part-time or full-time. The staff member must have passed the probation period. It does not matter how little experience one may have, it is a position where you learn on the job.

Shop Steward or Mailout Representative in the Same Location
There can only be either a Shop Steward or a Mailout Representative in one work location. A Shop Steward has priority over a Mailout Representative.

Alternative Shop Steward or Mailout Representative
Current Shop Stewards and Mailout Representatives should always ask for an alternate contact person to distribute Union information if they are on vacation or away from their work area for longer than a few days. The alternate does not have to assume the full roles of the Shop Steward.

Election Procedures
Shop Stewards are elected in November and December of odd years. A nomination sheet is sent out in November to the current Shop Steward or Mailout Representative and has to be posted. If there is more than one nominee, there has to be an election. The position starts on January 1st.

Positions Left Vacant
If a Shop Steward or Mailout Representative resigns from the department/work location, transfers to another department, or resigns from their Union position, then anyone who is interested can apply for that position. If there are more nominees than the number of available positions, there will be a vote or a staff member can temporarily take over as a Mailout Representative until the next official election. There should always be a Shop Steward or Mailout Representative in every area of the Contractual Unit.

Honorarium

  • Maintain Shop Steward status for a full year (Jan-Dec) and attend 3 or more (out of a max 5) Shop Steward Training Meetings:
    Yearly flat rate of $375, plus $75 per Shop Steward Training Meeting attendedOR
  • Maintain Shop Steward status for a full year (Jan-Dec) and attend less than 3 (out of a max 5) Shop Steward Training Meetings:
    Yearly flat rate of $175, plus $75 per Shop Steward Training Meeting attendedOR
  • Shop Steward status is less than a full calendar year (e.g. elected or resigned mid-year):
    $10 per active month, plus $75 per Shop Steward Training Meeting attended as a Shop Steward

Shop Steward Honorariums are limited to a maximum of five Shop Steward Training Meetings per year and do not include full-day training sessions. Cheques may be available as early as the December General Membership Meeting.

Honorariums are subject to approval/change at the October General Membership Meeting.