OSEA stewards are an integral and important part of our ability to assist our members. Stewards, once trained, function as union member representatives at worksites. The steward training program is designed to prepare members to recognize potential grievances and investigate and represent bargaining unit members in lower-level grievance hearings and investigatory meetings. Stewards are OSEA members who represent OSEA and fellow members at their worksites. Stewards are the eyes, ears and, sometimes, arms and legs of the union in the workplace. Because members know their schools and workplaces better than OSEA staff ever could, stewards are one of our most important assets. Being a steward involves a bit more responsibility than just being a member, but the satisfaction of knowing you’ve made a big difference in someone’s life makes it worthwhile.
Our field representatives are directly responsible for training stewards. They have skills and knowledge they are more than happy to share with interested members. If you would like to schedule a training session specifically for your chapter, please contact your field representative or the State Office at 800-252-6732.
This training is available to all members and you do not need to be a steward to attend. If you want to know more about how your contract works, how to interpret contract language, what constitutes a grievance, how to deal with management, how to investigate a possible grievance or what rights you have in the workplace as a union member, this training is for you!
A trained group of chapter members can make the difference between having power and being powerless!