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Steward Job Description
Often when working on the job site, members sometimes overlook our Union
Steward's role in the labor-management relationship. Being a Steward is a
difficult task. As a Steward of this Association, you must be willing to
volunteer a reasonable amount of your personal time. The purpose of union
Stewards is job site union representation. Often, they are the first person
sought out when there are problems on the job site.
The typical duties of a Steward are:
1. To insure job site safety.
2. Monitor the administration of MEA's MOU.
3. File grievances (under certain circumstances).
4. Represent workers in investigatory meetings with the City.
5. Work with the employer to solve on-the-job problems.
6. Act as a conduit to the MEA Board.
Stewards are protected when exercising their duties under the National Labor
Relations Act (NLRA). An employer may not retaliate against a Steward
because of the way the Steward carries out his or her union duties and the
employer must apply the same standards to Stewards as it does toward other
employees. If a Steward is harassed or punished by the City for union
activities, it is an unfair labor practice and a complaint may be filed with
the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) against the employer. Stewards
have the legal right to investigate grievances, however nothing requires
employers to permit union business during work time unless the contract
allows for it or the employer chooses to allow it.
Stewards also have the right to request information from the employer for
the purpose of:
1. Monitoring MEA's MOU.
2. Investigating, preparing, and/or attending a grievance.
3. Work towards obtaining a mutual solution.
Stewards should always work in conjunction with their MEA Board and/or MEA
Attorney when filing a grievance.
Being a Steward requires an array of advanced skills such as:
1. Strong interpersonal skills.
2. Familiarity with the contract.
4. Good judgment.
5. Personal integrity.
6. Computer skills.
7. Ability to maintain confidentiality.
The Steward's role is a vital link in the labor management relationship. It
is MEA's first line in dealing with matters affecting both the employer and