The first, and perhaps most vital, contact between employees and their union is the IBEW Shop Steward. The IBEW Steward is the primary representative in the workplace and has great influence on the image of the Union as seen by the members.
The role of the steward is to assist the Business Manager in representing members in the workplace. The steward should try to resolve any problems that arise between workers and management at the local level. A steward is not a mediator; he or she is the representative of the workers. Stewards report to and are appointed by the Business Manager.
An IBEW steward has many duties, the most important of which is handling grievances. Other duties include, educating members about the union and the labour movement in general, urging members to attend meetings, and acting as the liaison between union officers and the bargaining unit members. In order to attend to union business, such as processing grievances and representing employees, an IBEW steward is released from regular duties for a reasonable period of time.
Each of IBEW’s Collective Agreements contains provisions for Stewards to investigate and settle grievances. Whether greeting and educating new members or processing grievances, the IBEW steward is the first and most important link in the representation chain.
If you are interested in becoming a shop steward, please contact the IBEW Local 2351 Office.
CHIEF SHOP STEWARD
Communications Shop – Vacant
Electrical Shop – Tyson Eddison
Fire & Security – Fabian Mullaley
Garage – Quinton Keats
Grocery Store – Karyn Norman
IT Department – Ryne Snow
Janitorial (Cleaners) – Christie Walsh Merrigan
Janitorial (Housing Cleaners) – Denise Bowers
Line Shop – Jeremy Shea
Mechanical Shop – Phil O’Brien
MEO – Glenn Merrigan
Office Services – Vacant
Operations Shop – Deon Philpott
P & C Shop – Paul Blake
Planning Department – Don Philpott
Recreation – Vacant
Staffhouse – Vacant
Town Services – David Parsons
Labour/Utility – Vacant
Warehouse – Brian Harris