Stewards Toolbox


Stewards Rights As a Teamster Shop Steward, your job is to represent your members. Here's a list of some of your rights and obligations.

Tips on Resolving Potential Grievances Sometimes it may be best to informally resolve an issue before grieving it. 

The Six W’s of Grievance Handling Whether it’s a contract violation or a discipline case, there are six questions to ask for every grievance. 

Shop Stewards Tips on Disciplinary Grievances Stewards are the members' first line of defense. 

Using 'Just Cause' to Fight Unfair Discipline Understanding 'Just Cause' can help protect Teamsters from discipline or discharge. 

The 'Just Cause' Checklist Use this helpful checklist to determine if management has 'just cause' in a discipline case.

Investigating Grievances Having the right information can make or break your grievance. If you don’t have your facts straight, management can shoot down your case. 

Tips for Writing Grievances Writing an effective grievance is the first step to winning and the foundation for your case. Avoid common mistakes with these Teamster Grievance Writing Tips.

Presenting or Settling the Grievance Once you have fully investigated the case and decided it should be grieved, prepare yourself and the grievant to give the best possible presentation to management. 

Stewards Rights Q & A (Interview with Robert Schwartz) This series of questions and answers offers a look at some of the basic steward’s rights and how management can, and cannot, respond in various situations. 

The Art of Taking Notes Taking notes is essential in enforcing the contract. Here are guidelines on how to take effective notes. 

Using Information Requests to Win Grievances Using our union’s legal right to file information requests from management can help stewards defend members and enforce the contract. 

Union Business Reimbursement Portal Access the time sheet and mileage reimbursement form for union business.