Labor Notes #481

Two workers speaking in a vehicle with others seated or around the vehicle.

What’s the role of a shop steward? Traditionally we think of someone who’s knowledgeable about the contract, the law, and how things function in our workplace and union.

But one role often gets neglected: the peacemaker.

I don’t mean someone who makes peace between workers and the boss. A steward has to be a fighter. But I do mean that the steward should foster a culture of solidarity, establish healthy debate, and facilitate collective decisions.

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