Local 495 Shop Stewards are your elected co-workers. They diligently work to protect you on the job and serve in the vital position of Union-Management Liaison. Simply put, Shop Stewards are the eyes and the ears of the union

Shop Stewards have many responsibilities, including:

  • Representing union members
  • Addressing your concerns and problems
  • Fully understanding and answering questions about your contract
  • Working with management to solve problems
  • Contacting your Business Agent when necessary
  • Participating in organizing non-union workers


The union would have a very difficult time providing outstanding representation without the Shop Stewards unselfish and dedicated service to the membership:

  • Shop Stewards ensure that an on-the-job union representative is always available to assist members
  • They ensure that your rights are not being violated
  • They watch out for potential safety problems or other hazards
  • They listen to your problems and concerns
  • They serve as your first course of action if a work problem arises



Local 495 is committed to providing ongoing Shop Steward training seminars and courses to better serve the membership in the workplace. In addition to fully understanding your contract, Stewards are trained in a variety of areas including problem/conflict resolution, communication skills, and grievance handling.

Anytime you have a question or concern, a problem or issue in the workplace, or believe that your rights may have been violated, contact your Shop Steward.