Benefits of being a PT Union Steward

Discussion in 'UPS Union Issues' started by Updog07, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. Updog07

    Updog07 New Member

    I am curious as to how it would personally benefit a UPSer to become a shop steward for Teamsters. You know, like what would be in it for me? I know people don't just run for the additional responsibility.
  2. Nike

    Nike Member

    Off the top of my head the additional hours you may receive. For example a coworker gets in trouble and asks you to sit in on a meeting with management. That would be extra time you probably weren't getting.
  3. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Stewards don't do it for the extra money.
  4. LeadBelly2.0

    LeadBelly2.0 Look for me on November 18th

    You can represent your fellow coworkers. What else is there? Stand up to the company bully. Have a target on your back. I like it.
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  5. PiedmontSteward

    PiedmontSteward RTW-4-Less

    An extra 30 or 40 minutes every few weeks when something random pops up before or after sort isn't "worth it" to be a PT steward and definitely doesn't balance out the hours of unpaid phone calls and parking lot conversations.

    If you're asking "what's in it for me?" you're probably the last :censored2:ing person that needs to do the job.

    The benefits include doing a thankless job that needs to get done so your local union can function. Occasionally you get a bonus, like making someone who grosses 8x or 9x your annual wage do something he or she said they never would.
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  6. PiedmontSteward

    PiedmontSteward RTW-4-Less

    This typically only happens outside of regular work hours when someone gets caught stealing on another shift or gets caught with drugs. Definitely shouldn't be an incentive to become a steward.
  7. Updog07

    Updog07 New Member

    Years ago, My part time staurd used to write up supervisors all of the time for working. Then he would get paid for the time they had worked. I'm sure that wasn't his only reason for being a stuard.
  8. SoCalUPS

    SoCalUPS Active Member

    The benefits of being a steward is learning how the Union works and the politics involved in the workplace. It will also help you to deal with different scenarios and rationalize.
  9. ski or die

    ski or die Ski or Die

    When I decide to become a steward (not stuard-sounds like turd-try your spell check), it was because of the BA we had was a company man and he up until that point had hand picked his stewards. So we forced an election. I was tired of watching the abuse of the contract and abuse of my fellow workers. It was an uphill battle fighting against the BA and company, but my fellow workers and myself were able to stop much of the abuse. Never ever received anything from the union for my work, but never expected any. Just the pride and respect of forcing the company to honor the contract and treat employees as human beings, not animals.
  10. Only do it I'd you want to make a difference.
    It's a thankless job and you are always a sellout.