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What to do about a bad union steward?

Quick question about what people think is an appropriate action here.

I work for a department in a state agency, we have two union stewards.
I've worked here 7 years, they have been stewards for about one. It's
my belief that these two have created a toxic workplace since their
inception. Some of things they have done are:

-Spread rumors and false information about others
-Use their position as stewards to promote a personal agenda (and
present it as "the employees")
-Represented only employees who are in their unit (about 6 people),
while not providing any services or reachout to other agency
employees.
-Use the "threat of grievance" to intimidate both managers and fellow
employees.

Basically, I see these two as abusing the position of steward;
particularly in using it for their own gain. They have both passed
grievance for each other (to attempt pay raises), but to my knowledge
no one else in our agency has ever filed a grievance through them. We
have had one union meeting in the year they have been elected, and the
primary agenda item was an issue with their personal workloads.

This is one of the better places I've worked in 22 years.. and believe
me I've been in situations were I thanked God I had the union to back
me up. Now, I'm somwhat embaraassed at the actions these two are
taking in my (and other employees) names. The steward should be there
to resolve conflicts not create them.

At the moment I think my best course of action is to contact my union
president and pursue the issue further. Curious if anyone else has
experience with this? Is there a code of ethics/laws/policy/rules that
they must follow? Are there any actions that would clearly merit
removal from their post?

Thanks,

-Bill

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Re: What to do about a bad union steward?


"Bill" <my_deja_post@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> Quick question about what people think is an appropriate action here.
>
> I work for a department in a state agency, we have two union stewards.
> I've worked here 7 years, they have been stewards for about one. It's
> my belief that these two have created a toxic workplace since their
> inception. Some of things they have done are:
>
> -Spread rumors and false information about others
> -Use their position as stewards to promote a personal agenda (and
> present it as "the employees")
> -Represented only employees who are in their unit (about 6 people),
> while not providing any services or reachout to other agency
> employees.
> -Use the "threat of grievance" to intimidate both managers and fellow
> employees.
>
> Basically, I see these two as abusing the position of steward;
> particularly in using it for their own gain. They have both passed
> grievance for each other (to attempt pay raises), but to my knowledge
> no one else in our agency has ever filed a grievance through them. We
> have had one union meeting in the year they have been elected, and the
> primary agenda item was an issue with their personal workloads.
>
> This is one of the better places I've worked in 22 years.. and believe
> me I've been in situations were I thanked God I had the union to back
> me up. Now, I'm somwhat embaraassed at the actions these two are
> taking in my (and other employees) names. The steward should be there
> to resolve conflicts not create them.
>
> At the moment I think my best course of action is to contact my union
> president and pursue the issue further. Curious if anyone else has
> experience with this? Is there a code of ethics/laws/policy/rules that
> they must follow? Are there any actions that would clearly merit
> removal from their post?
>
> Thanks,
>
> -Bill


Bill,
My local union has copies of both the Local union and International union
bylaws. These are the "rules" by which the union is governed. Not all union
language is the same so you need to hunt down the pertinent language for your
union. If there is any concern that your union officials are representing you
inappropriately I would read these bylaws cover to cover in order to
understand what process is needed to resolve the issue. After doing this I
would discuss the issue with whomever your stewards report to and so on up the
chain. Be advised any cronyism, nepotism, or whatever may rear it's ugly head
but if you know the bylaws it is less likely you will dissuaded. Also be
prepared to step into any breach you may open. If you get rid of a steward
for poor performance you might be asked to step into those shoes?



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Re: What to do about a bad union steward?

"Michael Legel" <mjlegel@mtco.com> wrote in message news:<624cbd032cfbfcf259ad083030b5ddc4@news.teranews.com>...
> "Bill" <my_deja_post@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:dea43e0b.0404231428.6482e67@posting.google.com...
> > Quick question about what people think is an appropriate action here.
> >
> > I work for a department in a state agency, we have two union stewards.
> > I've worked here 7 years, they have been stewards for about one. It's
> > my belief that these two have created a toxic workplace since their
> > inception. Some of things they have done are:
> >
> > -Spread rumors and false information about others
> > -Use their position as stewards to promote a personal agenda (and
> > present it as "the employees")
> > -Represented only employees who are in their unit (about 6 people),
> > while not providing any services or reachout to other agency
> > employees.
> > -Use the "threat of grievance" to intimidate both managers and fellow
> > employees.
> >
> > Basically, I see these two as abusing the position of steward;
> > particularly in using it for their own gain. They have both passed
> > grievance for each other (to attempt pay raises), but to my knowledge
> > no one else in our agency has ever filed a grievance through them. We
> > have had one union meeting in the year they have been elected, and the
> > primary agenda item was an issue with their personal workloads.
> >
> > This is one of the better places I've worked in 22 years.. and believe
> > me I've been in situations were I thanked God I had the union to back
> > me up. Now, I'm somwhat embaraassed at the actions these two are
> > taking in my (and other employees) names. The steward should be there
> > to resolve conflicts not create them.
> >
> > At the moment I think my best course of action is to contact my union
> > president and pursue the issue further. Curious if anyone else has
> > experience with this? Is there a code of ethics/laws/policy/rules that
> > they must follow? Are there any actions that would clearly merit
> > removal from their post?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > -Bill

>
> Bill,
> My local union has copies of both the Local union and International union
> bylaws. These are the "rules" by which the union is governed. Not all union
> language is the same so you need to hunt down the pertinent language for your
> union. If there is any concern that your union officials are representing you
> inappropriately I would read these bylaws cover to cover in order to
> understand what process is needed to resolve the issue. After doing this I
> would discuss the issue with whomever your stewards report to and so on up the
> chain. Be advised any cronyism, nepotism, or whatever may rear it's ugly head
> but if you know the bylaws it is less likely you will dissuaded. Also be
> prepared to step into any breach you may open. If you get rid of a steward
> for poor performance you might be asked to step into those shoes?


As a union member you have the right to run for steward.

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union meetings

very simple
bring everything up at your next union meeting and let the union officers take it from there.

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Re: What to do about a bad union steward?

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"tmurph2" <tmurph2@peoplepc.com> wrote in message
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> "Michael Legel" <mjlegel@mtco.com> wrote in message

news:<624cbd032cfbfcf259ad083030b5ddc4@news.teranews.com>...
> > "Bill" <my_deja_post@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> > news:dea43e0b.0404231428.6482e67@posting.google.com...
> > > Quick question about what people think is an appropriate action here.
> > >
> > > I work for a department in a state agency, we have two union stewards.
> > > I've worked here 7 years, they have been stewards for about one. It's
> > > my belief that these two have created a toxic workplace since their
> > > inception. Some of things they have done are:
> > >
> > > -Spread rumors and false information about others
> > > -Use their position as stewards to promote a personal agenda (and
> > > present it as "the employees")
> > > -Represented only employees who are in their unit (about 6 people),
> > > while not providing any services or reachout to other agency
> > > employees.
> > > -Use the "threat of grievance" to intimidate both managers and fellow
> > > employees.
> > >
> > > Basically, I see these two as abusing the position of steward;
> > > particularly in using it for their own gain. They have both passed
> > > grievance for each other (to attempt pay raises), but to my knowledge
> > > no one else in our agency has ever filed a grievance through them. We
> > > have had one union meeting in the year they have been elected, and the
> > > primary agenda item was an issue with their personal workloads.
> > >
> > > This is one of the better places I've worked in 22 years.. and believe
> > > me I've been in situations were I thanked God I had the union to back
> > > me up. Now, I'm somwhat embaraassed at the actions these two are
> > > taking in my (and other employees) names. The steward should be there
> > > to resolve conflicts not create them.
> > >
> > > At the moment I think my best course of action is to contact my union
> > > president and pursue the issue further. Curious if anyone else has
> > > experience with this? Is there a code of ethics/laws/policy/rules that
> > > they must follow? Are there any actions that would clearly merit
> > > removal from their post?
> > >
> > > Thanks,
> > >
> > > -Bill

> >
> > Bill,
> > My local union has copies of both the Local union and International

union
> > bylaws. These are the "rules" by which the union is governed. Not all

union
> > language is the same so you need to hunt down the pertinent language for

your
> > union. If there is any concern that your union officials are

representing you
> > inappropriately I would read these bylaws cover to cover in order to
> > understand what process is needed to resolve the issue. After doing

this I
> > would discuss the issue with whomever your stewards report to and so on

up the
> > chain. Be advised any cronyism, nepotism, or whatever may rear it's

ugly head
> > but if you know the bylaws it is less likely you will dissuaded. Also

be
> > prepared to step into any breach you may open. If you get rid of a

steward
> > for poor performance you might be asked to step into those shoes?

>
> As a union member you have the right to run for steward.



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