Vice-President’s Report

By: Tamara Williams (Vice-President)

This November 28, 2016 your Union invites all Stewards to refresh their stewarding skills at this year’s Stewards Council Meeting.

According to our Bylaws, the duties of Sub-unit Stewards are as follows:

  • Ensure that the Collective Agreement is adhered to
  • Ensure that meetings are called and proper notice given
  • Ensure minutes are kept, approved, and forwarded to the Recording Secretary if requested
  • Workplace representative for the bargaining committee
  • Represent all members of the sub-unit fairly

These are serious responsibilities so if you’ve ever felt skeptical or unsure of your role in a grievance, at Labour Management Meetings, at a discipline, in bargaining, or caught in between the conflict of two members, come to Stewards Council. This will be a hands-on, interactive session to equip you to do the duties above, so jot down your questions and bring your Collective Agreement because we’re going to hone your skills!

This session runs from 10-6pm. Quorum for the transaction of business at Council is twenty-five (25%) percent of elected stewards, from sub-units in good standing as of twenty (20) calendar days prior to the Stewards’ Council meeting. Let’s surpass 25% and get 100% of Stewards collaborating, sharing experiences, and learning the same thing at the same time for consistency.

See you in at the OPSEU Toronto Regional Office and Membership Centre at 10am on Monday, November 28, 2016. As always, a tasty lunch with sweet treats will be provided.

This article was published in the November 2016 edition of the CUPE 1281 newsletter. Click here for a PDF of the full newsletter or here to browse the website for other articles in the newsletter.