What is a steward?

A steward is a co-worker and union member who has been trained to assist employees in solving workplace problems and to enforce and protect the contract. Our stewards provide representation when employees need assistance. When your coworkers are acting on behalf of the union in a steward capacity, they have special recognition provided by our contract. When serving in their steward role, they are on equal footing with management.

Use your steward as a resource

If you have questions about work rules, a workplace situation or union activities, consult with your union steward. If they donn’t know the answer, they will find it for you. The strength of any union depends on having a large, active, and educated membership. Stewards play a key role in achieving all these goals. As the number of educated members grows, so does the amount of influence we can exert on the University in order to effect positive change.

Know Your Rights in the Workplace

Weingarten Rights guarantee an employee the right to Union representation during an investigatory interview or any meeting which may result in discipline.

I need help! Whom do I call?

You can call or email our Steward line (612) 293-8009 or contact our local office at (612) 379-3918 or 

If you are interested in becoming a steward, call our Chief Steward at (612) 293-8009 or email