shop steward


Definition of shop steward 

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

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Companies such as Flexjet have a constitutional right to express anti-union views, said University of Wyoming law professor Michael Duff, a former Teamsters shop steward. Josh Eidelson,, "Airline pilots may be next in the U.S. corporate war on unions," 1 May 2018 In the last few years, the commission investigated and helped to prosecute several union officials, shop stewards and foremen for a conspiracy to extort their own union members on behalf of the Genovese organized crime family, the complaint stated. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "On the Waterfront, a Mob Watchdog Is Fighting to Survive," 17 Jan. 2018

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1904, in the meaning defined above

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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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