shop steward


Definition of shop steward

: a union member elected as the union representative of a shop or department in dealings with the management

Examples of shop steward in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beckemeyer, the shop steward who serves as a union representative, said Fred Meyer offered employees KN95 masks by request to help with the smoke but still required them to work long hours and meet their usual hourly quotas. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 20 May 2021 Her husband of more than 40 years, Frank Stokes, a Locke Insulator shop steward, carryout shop owner and Morgan State University employee, died in 1993. Jacques Kelly,, 2 Apr. 2021 Ora McClendon, who was previously a senior shop steward at another workplace, said many employees who talk about joining a union do not realize how basic interaction with management would change. William Thornton |, al, 4 Mar. 2021 Since becoming a shop steward, in 2014, Layne has spent his off hours on union tasks. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, 24 Aug. 2020 Layne is now Local 100’s chief shop steward at the Manhattanville depot. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, 24 Aug. 2020 In Dallas, Candice Oglesby, a 35-year-old shop steward who works at a Kroger Co. store, this summer investigated a rumor that a member at another location was sick. Olga Kharif, Star Tribune, 21 Aug. 2020 The shop steward also insisted that library management is resisting remote-service recommendations from staff that would allow more people to successfully work from home. oregonlive, 6 Aug. 2020 Some lack plexiglass shields at the gaming tables, and the health and safety guidelines are not written down or evenly applied, said Donna Wiley, a dealer who is a shop steward for UAW Local 17. Hallie Miller,, 5 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of shop steward

1904, in the meaning defined above

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“Shop steward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shop steward

: a member of a labor union in a factory or company who is elected by the other members to meet with the managers

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Legal Definition of shop steward

: a union member elected or appointed to serve as the representative of the union in a plant, department, or shop and charged mainly with negotiating the settlement of grievances of employees with employers, maintaining compliance with the collective bargaining agreement, recruiting new union members, and collecting union dues

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