Many Locals establish Stewards Councils. Where they are established, they vary greatly in functions and duties.
Often their existence or their functions depend on the composition and functions of a Workplace Bargaining Committee. The variety is so great in the whole area of Stewards Councils and Bargaining Committees, and often is so substantially influenced by the collective bargaining agreement, that no specific recommendations will be made on this point. However, any such body, or bodies, which are desired should be specifically established in the By-Laws, and the By-Laws should set forth their membership and functions. Any such body established by a Local’s By-Laws will be carefully reviewed by the National Union and the Local will be specifically advised if there is any unconstitutionality or impropriety in the structure.
Where Stewards Councils are established, the following provision should be included in this article:
“The Stewards Councils shall exclusively perform advisory functions and shall be a non-legislative body within the Local Union structure.”