We are looking for 2 new Protrans stewards. As this is an interim election, the successful candidates will serve for the remainder of the current term. Specifically, we are looking for 2 new stewards from Rotation 1 in the control room. Ideally, 1 from Team Blue and 1 from Team Green.
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a steward, please sign the posted nomination form or submit a completed nomination form to an existing stop steward. Please indicate on the nomination form: a) your name, b) rotation, and c) whether you are on Team Blue or Team Green. If you are being nominated, please also confirm whether you are accepting the nomination. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 12, 2019.
What do stewards do? Stewards provide support and advice to members who think they are being treated unfairly. They make sure new employees sign union membership cards and provide information on BCGEU services. Stewards conduct ratification votes and elections and keep members informed by distributing BCGEU communication.
What skills do I need to be a steward? Stewards are well-organized, good listeners, problem solvers and team players. They have good communication skills and want to help others.
Is there training for new stewards? Yes. Stewards are eligible for paid union leave from work to take steward training every year at their area office. The BCGEU also offers workshops on human rights, facing management, and accommodating disabilities at the workplace.
How do I become a steward? Steward elections are informal. A union member from your workplace must nominate you using the Steward Nomination Form. If the form is not posted in your workplace, contact Steward Angie Olafson at your worksite.
Who conducts elections? The current steward will conduct the vote. Only union members can vote so make sure you have signed a card. Membership cards are available from stewards and the BCGEU area office.
Jennifer Arnold, Staff Representative
Download PDF of notice here
Download PDF of nomination form here
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