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.

Shop Steward - Intermediate (Chief Shop Steward)

HEU’s Intermediate Shop Steward (Chief Shop Steward) course provides participants with in-depth training on more complex types of grievances.

Members must complete the Introduction to Shop Steward course - levels one and two - before taking this advanced-level workshop.

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.