The new stewards represent agencies throughout the state. They learned about the contract, negotiations, safe and healthy work standards for their work environment, as well as the political and legislative role the union can and does play. As the union engages 21st century workers, stewards also learned about the best means for communication. Member-to-member engagement is always best for organizing new members or maintaining activism among existing members, but in those cases the union needs to take our message beyond the membership, stewards learned about how to engage the media.
Steward trainings are a core part of the work we do. Volunteer activists who are committed to ensuring fairness and democracy in their workplace are the hallmark of any effective labor union. The members of MPEC who were trained as stewards are demonstrating their commitment to their union, workers’ rights and to their fellow co-workers.