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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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In addition paid release should be provided to all shop stewards required for all local pay and conditions negotiations etc.
Management does not and shall never condone the entitlement attitude of some staff members, including union shop stewards that they deserve to get certain positions without the requisite qualifications, experience and skills.
Union officers whose experience as union members and workplace representatives was concentrated in the late 1960s and 1970s are more likely than those socialized in the 1950s and early 1960s to have an adversarial view of industrial relations, to distrust management, and to favor an active, militant cadre of shop stewards.
Interview, Mizael Bizzotto, IKA-Renault shop steward, Cordoba, August 15, 1989.
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The GMB shop steward started as an apprentice welder in 1966 and played a key role in saving thousands of jobs over the years.
MY brother is an opera singer, and about 12 years ago was honoured to play the leading role of shop steward in the modern opera, Tower.
It's a shame that the facility was not available in the 1960s when I was shop steward of the AEU in an engineering firm in Bangor.
It's a shame that this facility was not available in the 60s when I was shop steward of the AEU in an engineering firm in Bangor, we tried many times to get out of paying, but was constantly told that it could only be done by filling one of their forms, which was always unavailable.
Amicus shop steward Simon Horton said: "On average, workers coming from a continental shift to the proposed three-shift will lose around pounds 336 a month.
An investigation into GMB shop steward William Copland was launched last week by Greater Glasgow NHS Trust.
He serviced machines used to cut, grind and sand beryllium and the aluminum alloy containing beryllium and as shop steward took machinists' concerns to the company.