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 According to Vanity Fair staff writer and shop steward Erin Vanderhoof, who attended Wednesday’s protest, neither Lynch nor chief content officer and global editorial director Anna Wintour were present in the offices during the demonstration. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2024 Jane Fallon, a Local 25 shop steward who scans packages at the South Boston UPS facility, was happy to see O’Brien stand up for part-timers. Katie Johnston,, 27 July 2023 The agreement marks a new relationship between T management and the union, said Cabot shop steward Alix Gaston. Taylor Dolven,, 2 Aug. 2023 But weeks later, some drivers reported they were fired for joining the union, and a shop steward told BuzzFeed News that Silverstar had shut down its Michigan location months after. Mariana Duran, Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2023 All three are shop stewards of Local 804 of the Teamsters, which represents some eight thousand workers across seventeen UPS stations in New York City, Westchester, and Long Island. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 27 July 2023 Then people start to communicate best practices, get in touch with the shop stewards and the flow of information is evolving. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2023 In October 1991, Ms. LaTour struck up a conversation on an uptown Manhattan A train with Russell Smith, a union tour guide and shop steward. John Leland, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2023 Roushaunda Williams, a bartender at and a shop steward for Unite Here Local 1, has the support of several labor organizations, while Patrick Nagle, the chief administrative law judge with the federal Social Security Administration, has the support of several business owners in the ward. John Byrne, Chicago Tribune, 28 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shop steward was in 1904

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“Shop steward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

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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