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 Layne is now Local 100’s chief shop steward at the Manhattanville depot. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, "A Transit Worker’s Survival Story," 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, "With official systems swamped, union gets into contact tracing," 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, "Multnomah County Library announces eliminated positions ahead of layoffs; staffers question management’s plans," 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,, "Maryland casinos bring $139 million in July, first full month open since coronavirus pandemic," 5 Aug. 2020 As a shop steward for Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, Ross has heard a lot of fear and frustration from his colleagues in the janitorial department. Los Angeles Times, "Hospital workers feel like ‘second-class citizens’ in coronavirus battle: ‘They’re terrified’," 10 Apr. 2020 Ismaham Ali, 29, a shop steward at Amazon who has been cleaning the company’s offices for the past four years, said her crew was given an unfamiliar, high-powered disinfectant to use. John Eligon, New York Times, "They Clean the Buildings Workers Are Fleeing. But Who’s Protecting Them?," 18 Mar. 2020 In 1949, he was named shop steward of Local 687, covering Grand Rapids. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Owen Bieber, Auto Workers’ President During Period of Decline, Dies at 90," 17 Feb. 2020 Bieber's first job was bending by hand the thick border wire on car seats and only a year into it, at age 19, Bieber's co-workers elected him Local 687’s shop steward. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "Owen Bieber, longtime UAW president, dies at 90," 17 Feb. 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 22 Sep. 2020.

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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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