Building a Stewards Council

by Paul Krehbiel Originally published at Labor Notes Want a stronger union at work? Consider building a stewards council. With only five stewards for 1,700 workers, demoralization was high at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The union, the old Service Employees (SEIU) Local… Read More

When Bad Gripes Happen to Good Stewards

By Ellen David Friedman Healthy unions should welcome workplace discontent. Stewards can turn discontent into campaigns that build workplace power. Sometimes, though, too much unproductive discontent is floating around. Maybe there’s a culture that supports bitching but no action; maybe there are tensions among co-workers that prevent cooperation.… Read More