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.
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.
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 (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 Meetings:
Yearly flat rate of $375, plus $75 per Shop Steward Training Meeting 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 Meetings:
Yearly flat rate of $175, plus $75 per Shop Steward Training Meeting 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 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.