GET INVOLVED IN YOUR UNION
We encourage you to get involved, learn new skills and make real change. The Local Union in collaboration with the National Union is committed to providing training and the tools you require to be a strong advocate in your Union.
Here are some of the ways you can participate:
Stewards are the Union’s primary workplace volunteer representatives. They are CAW 4304 members who are elected by our co-workers and fellow members to assist in providing information about the Union, collective agreements, and how to resolve workplace problems. Stewards are the front line Union members providing representation at meetings with the employer, and grievances.
Local Union committees are made up of members who are actively interested in the affairs of the Union and are willing to commit some of their time to their respective committees. Union committees include: health & safety, scheduling, operations, community services, women’s, human rights, and many more. Check the Union website under “Committees” or the bulletin Boards in the workplace. If there isn’t a committee already in place, consult with your coworkers and Union Representatives to get it started!
Local Officers are elected by their co-workers to represent the concerns of Union members to the employer, and follow the directives of Union members for governing the assets of the Local. Such positions could include: Local President, Recording Secretary, Financial Treasurer, Local Chair, Vice President, Trustees and Sgt at Arms.
Attend your Local union meetings and events. At Local Union meetings, members are updated about issues that affect their individual workplace and the overall Union. It is at Local Union meetings that you as members exercise your voice and vote as the highest authority of the Local Union. Attending Local Union meetings helps increase communication between different departments, shifts and workplaces, and increases solidarity.