The job of a steward is the most challenging and most important job in our union. You are on the front line of our fight to develop a strong, active union in the workplace one that can make a real difference in the lives of our members.
Stewards have an enormous impact on our members faith and belief in the union. The steward is the one person our members see every day when they go to work. In the eyes of most AFSCME members, you are the union. Because of this, the AFSCME steward, more than any other union leader or activist, has the opportunity to energize and mobilize the source of our unions strength: the membership.
You will be required to take on a number of roles in the union: You provide leadership in the workplace; you organize co-workers; you communicate with workers, union leaders and management; and you represent members. You will also be required to attend a limited number of meetings throughout the year. By performing these tasks, you will be able to carry out our primary responsibility: to reach out to our members and encourage them to become active, involved participants in their union.
This is vitally important because of a fundamental truth about our union: Member involvement in union activities and union actions creates union power in the workplace. A strong union is better able to protect workers rights and fight for improvements in wages, hours, working conditions and quality of life on the job.