This month marks the one-year anniversary of Local 328’s unit-steward program.
Our goal upon starting our union’s unit-steward program was to have at least one steward in every work unit. We have been building the program over the past year and, while we haven’t quite met our goal, we’ve made great progress! OHSU has close to 500 work units — our union is up to the challenge of ensuring that each one of them has a steward.
Unit stewards serve as information specialists for our membership and a resource hub for the work units. We train our unit stewards on how to establish good two-way communication between members and our union’s leadership. Unit stewards are also trained on how to direct members to resources that Local 328 provides, including how to connect with stewards who can assist members during investigations and grievances. Unit stewards also act as the face of our union, greeting each new member to the work unit.
If your work unit doesn’t have a unit steward, we strongly encourage you and your coworkers to select someone so that you have good, up-to-date information about the fun and important things that are happening in our union.
If you are interested in becoming a unit steward or would just like more information on the program, please email Local 328 staff representative Kate Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org.