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shop steward

a shop-floor employee who represents his/her colleagues' interests in workplace negotiations with management. Their functions include rectifying with management GRIEVANCES arising at work and the maintenance or creation of patterns of WORK ORGANIZATION desired by their constituents. Although shop stewards are usually TRADE UNION members and are viewed as union representatives, they often function independently of the rest of the union. However, until CHECKOFF AGREEMENTS became widespread, it was common for shop stewards to collect union membership subscriptions.

shop steward

a shop-floor employee who is elected by the local members of a TRADE UNION to represent them in work-place negotiations with management.
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The shop stewards' bulletin stated: "As a shop stewards committee we feel very disappointed that after all this time we have no answers to the future of BEP.
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In councils such as Middlesbrough, Stockton and Redcar and Cleveland there should - by agreement - be one full-time, council-funded shop steward available to provide support and advice to all union members during office hours.
It was rejected by 200 shop stewards after five days of talks broke up.
Employees at the SSC recently demanded the removal of Tjivikua and the reinstatement of the union's shop steward, Dusken Kabende who was suspended last week for allegedly questioning the shortlisting criteria of new staff.
The shop stewards have rejected the offer and our members are now digging in for a long dispute.
Meurig Thomas, a shop steward representing the Unite union at Aberthaw power station in the Vale of Glamorgan, said between 200 and 300 contractors had walked out in sympathy with workers at the Lindsey oil refinery.
I am meeting shop stewards to try and understand what the issue is and what we can do to get it satisfactorily resolved.
Shop stewards from both unions met earlier this week and voted unanimously on the action, following the break down of regional pay talks.
Shop stewards from the GMB will meet national officials to decide their next move following a 53pc vote in favour of industrial action by members of the union at the airline who work mainly as check-in staff at airports including Heathrow and Gatwick.
Contrary to bureaucratic and oligarchic theories, and to accounts of British industrial relations that emphasize conflict between full-time officers and lay officials (shop stewards), Kelly and Heery discover that full-time officials are more likely to consider themselves accountable to, and representative of, shop stewards and union members than their superiors within the leadership of their trade unions.
After World War II, Denmark's shop stewards began having to deal with increasingly complicated and "technical" questions.