Become a Shop Steward

Updated: February 6, 2020

The Shop Steward Nomination Period for the 2020/2021 term took place between November 25 and December 6, 2019. Shop Steward Nomination Forms were mailed to work locations to be posted for this time period so that CSU 52 Members were able to nominate their next Shop Steward(s).

Please return all forms to the CSU 52 Office for processing.

As a duly elected representative, the Shop Steward is one of the most important positions in the Union. Members rely on their Shop Stewards for guidance and assistance in resolving workplace issues and problems. Shop Stewards are the first line of defense when the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is violated and grievances arise.

In addition, Shop Stewards have many other responsibilities including being a leader, educator, and organizer. The Shop Steward is integral to building solidarity by uniting and involving the membership.

The goal is to build a stronger Union through the Shop Stewards.


The body of all stewards is the Shop Steward Assembly. The Assembly meets for two-hour meetings five times a year. It is expected that Shop Stewards attend as many Assembly Meetings as possible.

Shop Steward Assembly Meetings are held at the Norwood Legion (11150 – 82 Street) with a scheduled start time of 5:30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of the following months:

  • February
  • March
  • May
  • September
  • November

Additionally, it is advisable to attend as many General Membership Meetings and Contractual Unit Meetings as possible to stay informed of Union business.

General Membership Meetings are held at the Norwood Legion (11150 – 82 Street), except the June meeting, with a scheduled start time of 5:30 p.m. on the following dates:

  • 2nd Tuesday of January (for 2020, rescheduled to February 4th) – Committee Elections
  • 1st Tuesday of April – Voting of Bylaws Amendments
  • 1st Tuesday of June (at the CSU 52 Office – BBQ Dinner)
  • 1st Tuesday of October – Board of Directors Nominations Deadline
  • 1st Tuesday of December – Christmas Dinner

Contractual Unit Meetings are held a minimum of two times a year by the respective Contractual Unit Director – dates, times and location are determined as meetings are planned.


CSU 52 Shop Stewards are expected to attend the Union’s General Membership Meetings and Shop Steward Assembly 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.

Mailout Representatives
Where there is a work area that has no Shop Steward (no nominations or interest), we ask that any one member sign up to be a Mailout Representative, someone who is willing to receive and post/circulate Union mail for the membership in that work area, until the next Shop Steward Nomination period (a member shows interest in being nominated as Shop Steward or November of odd years, whichever occurs first).

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.

Nominations/Election Procedures
Shop Stewards are elected in November and December of odd years. A nomination form is sent out in November to the current Shop Steward(s) or Mailout Representative and must be posted for 10 business days. If there are more nominees than the number of available positions, an election (vote by members in the work area) will be arranged.

The position starts on January 1st.

Positions Left Vacant
A request to the Union Office for a mid-term Shop Steward Nomination Form should be made if a vacancy occurs due to a Shop Steward or Mailout Representative:

  • Resigning,
  • Transferring to another department or work location, or
  • Moving out of the Union’s jurisdiction (is no longer a CSU 52 member)

There should always be a Shop Steward or Mailout Representative in every area of the Contractual Unit.

Honorariums (as of January 1, 2020)

Yearly Shop Steward Honorarium calculations are dependent on (1) length of Shop Steward status, (2) number of General Membership Meetings attended, and (3) number of Shop Steward Assembly Meetings attended.

  • For a Shop Steward to receive a yearly flat rate of $375 PLUS $75 per Shop Steward Assembly Meeting attended (all 3 items must be met):
    • Maintain Shop Steward status for a full year (Jan-Dec)
    • Attend a minimum of three (3) General Membership Meetings in that calendar year
    • Attend a minimum of three (3) Shop Steward Assembly Meetings in that calendar year
  • For a Shop Steward to receive a yearly flat rate of $175 PLUS $75 per Shop Steward Assembly Meeting attended:
    • Maintain Shop Steward status for a full year (Jan-Dec)
    • Does not attend a minimum of three (3) General Membership Meetings and a minimum of three (3) Shop Steward Assembly Meetings in that calendar year
  • For a Shop Steward to receive $15 per active month PLUS $75 per Shop Steward Assembly Meeting attended:
    • Shop Steward status is less than a full calendar year (e.g. elected or resigned mid-year)

Shop Steward Honorariums are limited to a maximum of five Shop Steward Assembly 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.


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