CSU 52 Shop Stewards are expected to attend the Union’s General Membership Meetings and Shop Steward Training Sessions, 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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
Honorarium (as of January 1, 2019)
- Maintain Shop Steward status for a full year (Jan-Dec) and attend 3 or more (out of a max 5) Shop Steward Training Sessions:
Yearly flat rate of $375, plus $75 per Shop Steward Training Session attended OR
- Maintain Shop Steward status for a full year (Jan-Dec) and attend less than 3 (out of a max 5) Shop Steward Training Sessions:
Yearly flat rate of $175, plus $75 per Shop Steward Training Session attended OR
- Shop Steward status is less than a full calendar year (e.g. elected or resigned mid-year):
$15 per active month, plus $75 per Shop Steward Training Session attended as a Shop Steward
Shop Steward Honorariums are limited to a maximum of five Shop Steward Training Sessions 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 December 3, 2019 General Membership Meeting (October meeting items have been deferred).