shop steward


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Tim Jacobson is an assembly-line worker at Oshkosh Defense and a shop steward of United Auto Workers Local 578, which represents the workers at the plants. Dan Kaufman, The New Yorker, 18 Oct. 2022 But Ryder is on the mend, says Christina Hansen, shop steward and carriage driver, who is handling his care. Michael Roppolo, CBS News, 12 Aug. 2022 Well, one thing is the on-set shop steward program that was just initiated. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 June 2022 The ragged labor agitator becomes the shop steward, then the union boss, and the propinquity of the bargaining table supplies the fellow with new best friends. David Mamet, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 Staffing at the store where Dancy works is at its worst level since the pandemic, lower even than during the first wave in March 2020, said the 62-year-old shop steward for the local United Food and Commercial Workers union. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 13 Jan. 2022 At first, her only ally was Roy Soria, a kind-hearted TWU shop steward in her Chicago flight attendant base. Ted Reed, Forbes, 3 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shop steward was in 1904

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“Shop steward.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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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