Each union Local has a network of Stewards who voluntarily serve their co-workers by informing them of their rights and responsibilities under the Collective Agreement. They help resolve problems, handle grievances, and educate fellow workers about policies of the union.

Stewards are available in most departments or areas of your workplace. Study your Collective Agreement with the assistance of your local Steward, who can help you understand the policies in the workplace. Contact your Chief Shop Steward to obtain the name of the Steward serving your work area or call YEU’s Intake Advisor at 667-2331.

Download the Getting Started Guide

Interested in becoming a steward?

Keep up to date by attending our monthly Shop Steward Round Table sessions. These take place the third Wednesday morning of each month. This is such an important role; we hope you will mention it to your colleagues and encourage them to attend. Our Steward network needs to grow if we are to meet our members’ needs. We continue to grow as a union; our Stewards are critical to ensuring we meet the challenges of a larger membership.

Shop Steward Handbook

Download the complete Handbook

Download Individual Handbook Chapters:

  • Unions and Stewards – An introduction to our union and how it is organized. Learn more about how Shop Stewards fit into that picture, and about the qualities that make a strong Steward.
  • Understanding your Collective Agreement – Your Collective Agreement is the most important document for a Shop Steward. Learn where it comes from and get some tips for reading and understanding it.
  • Representing the Union – Shop Stewards work with members when they run into conflicts with the employer, but they also keep members connected with each other and with union staff. That part of your role is explained here.
  • Representing at Discipline Meetings – Learn how you can assist your co-workers when disciplinary issues arise or when they are called to a fact-finding meeting.
  • Representing at Grievances – Understand your role as a representative when members want to complain about workplace practices or employer decisions.
  • Additional Resources – Links to online resources and brief guides to topics of interest
  • Glossary of Labour Terms

Training Opportunities*

*Shop Stewards will not lose pay to attend union training. All stewards must complete and submit a signed leave form. Clearly identify the appropriate contract clauses permitting leave without pay to attend union training on your request for leave. YEU has an agreement with employers, but the form is required by our Finance Officer.

AOC Union Training Leave process: If an individual is scheduled to work in the 8 hours proceeding or following training. they will receive payment for that shift. That would mean if they are scheduled for a 12 hour shift, they would be able to take the whole shift off, as in most cases employers will not cover a portion of a shift.

If an AOC/casual is scheduled for a shift they shall receive union leave for that shift. If they are not scheduled but receive a call in for a day that they are on training and can provide proof that they in fact received a call and to decline it because of training then they will be paid for union leave.

If you are an AOC or Casual, please contact your Chief Shop Steward or our Training Coordinator with any questions. 

PSAC Steward Resources

Member Confidentiality

When a YEU member calls us for assistance, one pressing concern is the protection of their privacy. We are entrusted with information critical to the grievance process; how we manage that information must be consistent with our commitment to the member.

All Stewards are to deliver grievance materials related to their work with members to the Union Hall for secure storage upon completion of a case. Pencil files, notes, documents, letters, meeting minutes etc. in the Steward’s possession will be securely filed at the YEU Office. No member files are permanently stored in the Steward’s office or home.

Bulletin Board Materials

If you are a Shop Steward have not had your photo taken by our Communications Officer, please call the hall and set up an appointment. We'll create a poster for your workplace Union bulletin board with your photo & name, identifying you as a Shop Steward.

Many more items are available for your Union Bulletin Board. Please contact YEU Vice President Paul Johnston to have your workplace union board updated. Email or call 867-667-2331 ext. 1010.