Workplace representatives – stewards – are the front line of our new union. The strength of Unifor depends on you, and others like you, who have stepped up and are willing to represent workers and build safer, fairer workplaces and stronger communities.
Our new union has incredible strength. In part that strength comes from our values of equality, dignity, respect, and solidarity, and our long-standing traditions of social unionism and our passion for social justice. In part our strength comes from our proven ability to represent our members at the bargaining table and in the workplace.
As workers, everything we have, we have had to win. We represent and protect individuals and at the same time we advance collective rights. That’s why workplace representation is the cornerstone of everything we do.
Our capacity to make economic, legal and social gains for our members — and our determination to hold on to past gains — all depends on the dedication of our workplace and local leadership.
As a workplace representative, you have many roles: union builder, organizer, problem-solver, communicator, mediator, listener, counsellor, advocate, friend. Your role is huge, your responsibilities many. I know from my
own experience what it means to shoulder them. It’s a challenge to represent working people, and an enormous
You are part of an incredible network of activists and leaders across our country representing workers. Together we will push back against employers who want to roll back our wages, ignore our health and safety, trample our collective agreements, and divide us along race, gender and other lines. Together we will push our governments to protect and advance our social programs. Together we will build fair workplaces, strong communities, and we will work toward a better world where equality and social justice prevail.
Jerry Dias – Unifor President