Shop Steward Training

Shop Steward - Introduction

This course gives participants the skills and confidence they need to become shop stewards. It also teaches new stewards how to foster union solidarity and motivate our members and supporters into action when required.

Participants learn the most effective ways to handle grievances and complaints, the responsibilities they accept as shop stewards, guidelines for interpreting and defending collective agreement provisions, and basic health and safety concepts.

The Introduction to Shop Steward training is provided in two parts. The first part is a two-day introductory level one workshop with classroom instruction. After six to 12 months of workplace experience (including grievance handling), then stewards can excel to level two training, which is an additional two-day workshop.

Two-Day Intro Shop Steward Workshops 2018

HEU held Shop Steward Workshops throughout the province in 2018.

These workshops are two days in length and are designed to offer information, skills and tools for members who are active, or interested in becoming active, shop stewards at the work site.

Level 1 workshops are intended for members new to stewarding. Level 2 workshops are designed for members who have already attended an Introductory Shop Steward workshop and are actively stewarding at the work site.

Know and Enforce Your Rights Workshops 2018 - Two-day Intermediate Course for Shop Stewards

This workshop is an intermediate course for shop stewards and is offered to HEU members who are currently dealing with grievances and contract enforcement.

If you have already received a minimum of three days of Shop Steward training, and have 12 months' experience handling grievances, you are eligible to apply for this course.

The primary goals of this workshop are to: build upon knowledge of the collective agreement, foster confidence in enforcing the collective agreement and member rights, better understand the Duty to Accommodate and practice skills for dealing with member-to-member conflict.

The application process has three parts:

1. Members apply to attend the course.

2. The local union prioritizes the order in which applicants from the local should be selected by making a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice.

3. After members have taken the training and return to their locals, we ask the local union executive and Chief Shop Steward continue to work with the member to ensure continued skill development.

Once the applicant and local union officer have completed the application form, please return the application to the HEU Provincial Office.

Upcoming workshops:

Kamloops - October 2-3 (application deadline August 29 at 5:00 p.m.)

Victoria - October 16-17 (application deadline September 12 at 5:00 p.m.)

Burnaby - October 23-24 (application deadline September 26 at 5:00 p.m.)

Chief Shop Steward Workshops

HEU’s Chief Shop Steward one-day workshop provides participants with in-depth training on more complex types of grievances.

This workshop is for Chief Shop Stewards, Steward Coordinators or Site-specific Representatives.

The goals for this workshop are identifying common challenges and successes in maintaining a strong shop steward team that works effectively with the local executive, providing training and tools to assist chief steward/site representatives to mentor less experienced activists, encouraging responsive leadership development and recruiting new activists, and discussing individual action plans that foster personal leadership skills and create regional support networks.

The application process has three parts:

1. Members apply to attend the course.

2. The local union prioritizes the order in which applicants from the local should be selected by making a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice.

3. You must be a shop steward to apply for this workshop.

Once the applicant and local union officer have completed the application form, please return the application to the HEU Provincial Office.

Upcoming workshops:

Kamloops - October 4 (application deadline August 29 at 5:00 p.m.)

Victoria - October 18 (application deadline September 12 at 5:00 p.m.)

Burnaby - October 25 (application deadline September 26 at 5:00 p.m.)