Today in Labor History: August 21
Slave revolt led by Nat Turner begins in Southampton County, Va. – 1831
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Member Tip: Union Steward Availability
There is no set rule for how many stewards you’ll find in a particular workplace, or how many will have responsibility for particular work areas. Sometimes there is a natural organization of the workplace—such as a well-defined work area, or a particular work shift or one building separated from the rest of a larger facility—so that it makes sense for stewards to be assigned on that basis. So it may be that stewards where you work function according to workplace geography – a steward may be responsible for all union members on a particular floor of a building, for example. Maybe your steward is one who handles matters that directly affect everyone who does your type of job—such as all accountants in a particular government agency, or all nurses aides on a particular wing of a nursing home—or maybe your steward deals with everyone who works on your shift.
—Adapted from The Union Member’s Complete Guide, by Michael Mauer