Nobody's Perfect
We all make mistakes. We're human. Shop stewards even make mistakes. Some of these mistakes are particularly serious. Here is a list of 20 mistakes that shop stewards make. Read them over. Nod your heads. But don't make them again!

  • Always wait until a workers comes to you with a grievance.
  • Walk around the worksite with a chip on your shoulder.
  • Pretend to know all the answers to all problems.
  • Give out false information or spread rumors.
  • Fail to keep members posted on disposition of grievances.
  • Violate company rules.
  • Violate the contract.
  • Always try to talk members out of filing grievances.
  • Present a grievance that isn't one.
  • Forget to investigate a grievance thoroughly before handling.
  • Blow up when dealing with the supervisor or workers.
  • Use profane language to intimidate the boss.
  • Argue a grievance by taking personal issue with the supervisor and directing personal remarks.
  • Miss membership meetings.
  • Bawl out a member in front of co-workers or in front of a supervisor.
  • Stall when workers call you.
  • Keep all the information to yourself.
  • Permit workers to push you around.
  • Enhance the supervisor's prestige by permitting the supervisor to use you as means of doing his/her dirty work, such as enforcing company rules or calling the workers down for minor abuse of certain privileges negotiated by the union.
  • Manage the workers.

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