Steward elections.

Discussion in 'UPS Union Issues' started by 542thruNthru, Feb 3, 2020.

  1. rod

    rod #1 on Upstates "list"

    Being a Steward isn't for everyone. I tried it for a few months but soon got tired of fighting everyones battles for them (I had enough of my own). It takes a special person ( a real glutton for punishment to be a good Steward). They are worth their weight in gold. Where I was the Stewards didn't have to pay dues and they also received a real fancy leather Teamsters jacket.
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  2. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

    That's a good question. I know stewards can be removed by the local. I don't know how difficult it is to do though.

    The good thing is I believe my building has 10 driver stewards. If you don't like one you can always request a different steward.
  3. zubenelgenubi

    zubenelgenubi Well-Known Member

    Get a hold of your local bylaws, they should have a procedure for removing a steward, an election schedule, or maybe a way to petition to hold an election to try and get a new steward in the position. The BA might not have the authority, but the executive board ought to have some options.
  4. zubenelgenubi

    zubenelgenubi Well-Known Member

    Still sounds like someone should be able to pick up the slack when the one steward is on vacation. Though I don't think I would have an issue answering a call or two while on vacation.
  5. Inthegame

    Inthegame Well-Known Member

    Not sure if I can "beat" that but our local follows a very similar procedure except we mail ballots to Feeders.

    With their 24/7 schedule, and considering vacations, mloa, and daily call ins, we feel mail ballots makes more sense.

    Of course that does have some additional costs involved.
  6. Inthegame

    Inthegame Well-Known Member

    As a steward, I did not pay dues. Our local had no rules on attendance but my BA expected "his" stewards to attend General mtgs and especially craft mtgs.
    It was also expected stewards would attend as many union functions as possible.
    That is more common than most think.
    In multiple steward work groups, members soon learn who the go to stewards are.

    I worked in a large dept that had four stewards, yet I handled 90% of the grievances.

    Fortunately I recruited another very capable member to become a steward and my share of the work was more proportionate, that is until I was elected to another position.
  7. 104Feeder

    104Feeder Phoenix Feeder

    We generally do elections by paper ballot, no nominations, in the department or center for paid stewards. The BA conducts these, and if a motivated member wants to be an unpaid steward they can just ask the BA. Anyone recognized by the Union via leter to the Company can be a steward. First time I was asked they needed 4 stewards and there were 4 who volunteered so no election was necessary.

    You should step up, you have knowledge and integrity. You'll never feel you do enough but you would do fine. Just expressing that concern says you will.
  8. BigUnionGuy

    BigUnionGuy Got the T-Shirt

    In feeders, we just leave the lock box and voting materials for a 24-hr period.
  9. Staydryitsraining

    Staydryitsraining Well-Known Member

    This one is a bidded route driver. Never drives sits in the office every day. The random 3 times a month they do drive the route is lightened.
  10. BrownMonk

    BrownMonk Old fart Package Car Driver

    Ours is done onsite and the Sec/ Tres does it so there is no cost except paper and ink.
  11. BrownMonk

    BrownMonk Old fart Package Car Driver

    A long time ago, the Union was challenged by the dept of labor regarding showing up at meeting and it was determined that you can't require ANY member, including stewards, as a requirement for any office. OR so I was told.
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  12. BigUnionGuy

    BigUnionGuy Got the T-Shirt

    I would agree for Stewards, because they aren't considered "employee"s" of

    the Local. Elected and officers and agent's can be compelled.... either by the

    E-board or the Local's bylaws.
  13. BrownMonk

    BrownMonk Old fart Package Car Driver

    I guess I should put a disclaimer on my other post. I meant the Local Union and I'm not sure about the Dept of labor nationally or other locals.
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  14. R. Mutt

    R. Mutt "You're not my supervisor!"

    Our local by-laws maintain that all stewards are to be elected for a term not less than one year except for each elected steward's designated alternate. To challenge a steward's existing position or call for a new steward a petition requiring 60% of given work area's members' is necessary to call for a new election.

    That's what it says, anyway.

    Ironically, in practice at my hub/sort, the head steward was appointed by the B.A. after our elected head steward quit. Technically, I'm the only democratically elected steward for the sort--except I was elected on day sort, not the twilight where I work.

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  15. LagunaBrown

    LagunaBrown Well-Known Member

    Petition a vote of no confidence. If 51% of the center sign we have another election here.
  16. Bubblehead

    Bubblehead My Senior Picture

    Look who's back....

    ....where have you been Brother???

    Is it an election year?
  17. Boston25

    Boston25 Active Member

    In our Local stewards are required to show up to 50% of our general membership meetings and are required to show up to all mandatory important meetings. We receive a dues refund at the end of the year. But when I have a day off or vacations my phone will always go off.
  18. Boston25

    Boston25 Active Member

    If a member wants to have an election and run for steward they can. First they notify the BA and then have to get signatures for a election. I was appointed steward. I am surprised that given your knowledge that you aren’t a steward.
  19. 542thruNthru

    542thruNthru Well-Known Member

    Everyone keeps saying that. Only thing I'm doing is looking in the contract and going to general membership meeting. ;)
  20. burrheadd

    burrheadd KING Of GIFS

    @Indecisi0n says there is one thing with a little more practice you could be pretty good at