Hey guys, I am interested if anyone here is a shop Steward and can tell me a little bit about their experience in being elected for that particular role. My only fear is that I don't yet have overwhelming knowledge of the contract committed to memory. I am curious what it is like the first time around. In my center the largest problem to date is the willingness of fellow teamsters to meet the current Steward half way on any issue or grievance. They all want him to be their lawyer and they sit and watch. It gets out of control in that they don't even want to hand write their grievance, or are simply too scared because they feel that management will retaliate against them (For which are are protected from!!!!) Curious to hear any stories or ideas to improve a situation like this. A lot of fellow co-workers don't believe in the union and they are just there to collect the benefits of it without putting anything back in. I apologize for mostly ranting on about my center, but I'm guessing this is going to be the biggest obstacle to overcome.