Active Membership in CSU 52 enables us to provide members with communications updates, and empowers members to be involved in the direction setting and governance of the Union.
As an Active Member you can set your communications interests, participate in online polls, vote on issues that affect you as a member, including your Collective Agreement and the election of President and Executive Board members, and your
Bargaining Committee. Active Membership also allows you to take advantage of eligible education bursaries for members and their children.
CSU 52 has a variety of committees to become involved with, from putting on social events to helping fellow CSU 52 members. Our committees have planning positions that meet formally, or you can sign up to support a committee on a casual basis that does not require a dedicated commitment.
CSU 52 currently has the following committees in place. Nomination for formal committee membership takes place annually at the January General Meeting. Participating on a committee is a great way to become involved with and learn more about the Union, meet new people and network, and support interests and causes that you care about.
If you are interested in participating on a committee, please submit your expression of interest by clicking here.
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 15-30 members. If there are less than 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 byclicking 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.
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): $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.
General Membership Meetings
General Membership Meetings are open to all CSU 52 Members. They provide an opportunity for CSU 52 to update members on the business of the Union and its bargaining units, as well as any special initiatives that are underway. It is also an opportunity for Active Members to bring questions and concerns to the floor. Meetings are generally 90 minutes in duration, dependent upon content and member involvement.
General Membership Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each January, and the 1st Tuesday of each April, June, October and December. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Norwood Legion (11150 – 82 Street *free parking) unless otherwise noted.
Tuesday, January 9 Tuesday, April 3 Tuesday, June 5 *At the CSU 52 Office, 10212 – 112 Street Tuesday, October 2 Tuesday, December 4
Effective 2018, Shop Steward Training Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of February, March, May, September and November @ 5:30 p.m at the Norwood Legion (11150 – 82 Street) unless otherwise noted.
Shop Steward Training Meetings are open to all Active Members of CSU 52 (non Shop Stewards must request permission from the Presiding Officer and/or Chief Shop Steward). Meeting topics are educational based, relating to union and labour relations matters. Meetings are intended to be interactive where possible, and will foster relationship building between Shop Stewards. If you are interested in becoming a Shop Steward for your area, please complete this form or contact the CSU 52 office.
2018 Dates (subject to change):
Tuesday, February 20 Tuesday, March 20 Tuesday, May 15 Tuesday, September 18 Tuesday, November 20
Board of Directors Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of January and the 2nd Tuesday thereafter of each month @ 1:00 p.m. at the CSU 52 Office (10212 – 112 Street).
Board of Directors Meetings are open to Active Members to view, subject to confidential matters. Meetings are generally 3-4 hours in duration, and are subject to earlier start times. If you wish to attend a Board Directors Meeting, please contact the CSU 52 Office.