By: Gerald Hustick, Jr.
National Vice President
On a regular basis, regardless of the industry that you work in, you are called upon to wear many hats with different responsibilities. The job of a Union Representa-tive/Delegate is no exception. The main responsibility of a Union Representative/Delegate is to service the shops where current union members work. This consists of visiting with each shop on a regular basis, and if necessary multiple times, to ensure that any pending issues can be addressed or any new issues can be reported. This is one of the ways in which we fight for your rights. An example of this is when a member gets fired or suspended, we handle the grievance; also, we help you better understand your medical bills, and negotiate new terms and conditions for your contracts.
Typically, your Representative is available and works longer than the usual 9-5 since many shops are open on a 24-hour basis. Meetings and problem solving can result in visiting shops mornings, evenings and weekends.
Union Representatives also work hard at building up the membership by organizing new shops. Please let your Union Representative know if you have anyone who would be interested in joining the union. If you inform your Union Representative of potential members, this will help our union grow stronger. As a result, if a new shop is organized and a contract is ratified, you will be entitled to an organizing bonus.
Remember that shop stewards are a necessary and important part of the union. The Union Representatives/Delegates are grateful for the hard work that the shop stewards contribute to the success of the union. They help on a daily basis to resolve issues that arise with members. Please appreciate what they do for you and your fellow members.
Be assured that your Union Representative/Delegate and your shop steward will always be fighting for your rights.