More than 120 stewards came together at the Oakland Hilton on Saturday, October 2, to learn about how to handle grievances more effectively. Led by long-time IBT trainer Sally Payne, they got background info on their role as stewards — what’s within their purview and what should be referred to their business rep. They also reviewed case studies about how to handle different kinds of situations with their co-workers.
Many members don’t realize how important stewards are to the functioning of the union. The union relies on stewards to be our eyes and ears on the shop floor, alerting us to problems our members are facing and helping to solve them when possible.