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Introduction to Stewarding

February 08, 2024 at 8:28 AM

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Stewards play a critical part in making our union stronger. They have two fundamental roles: they make sure working conditions reflect the collective agreement, and they connect the membership to each other and to the union. When members are connected, they participate. More participation builds stronger unions and better working conditions for all.

Are you interested in becoming a Steward?

To be eligible to be a steward in Local 500, a person must:

  •  be a member in good standing;
  •  be elected by the members he/she represents and approved by the Executive of Local 500.
  • have completed the Introduction to Stewarding workshop


Local 500 Shop Steward Guide/Toolkit

If a member or members are interested in becoming a shop steward, they should reach out to their unit president or in the case of an affiliate, their lead shop steward to fill out the Steward Nomination Form. The member must complete and return the nomination form to the Local 500 office before receiving the steward guide/toolkit and prior to proceeding to the introduction to stewarding course. 


Steward Education

Introduction to Stewarding

To assist our shop stewards in performing their function more effectively, Local 500 sponsors all new shop stewards to the Introduction to Stewarding Course paid for by the Local. This course is a pre-requisite for other shop steward workshops that are offered through CUPE’s Union Development Department. A list of CUPE courses is available on the Local 500 and CUPE website.


Next Introduction to Stewarding Workshop:

When: Saturday, March 16, 2024

Where: Room 107- 275 Broadway

Please register by February 23, 2024

*You will be sent a registration form after you complete your Steward Nomination form and send it to the Local 500 office

All stewards who want to attend additional union workshops must go through their respective units for approval. (Note: Affiliate members who wish to attend workshops, schools or conferences must submit their request in writing to the office of the President for approval by the Executive).


If you have any questions, or would like further information, please feel free to contact a member of your unit executive or the Local 500 office at 204-942-1001 or email us at