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Updated On: May 03, 2010

Dear Brothers & Sisters:

The term "shop steward" has its origins in the designation of someone who was a caretaker of something of value.  In this case, the thing of value is your labor agreement. 

Your full-time representatives certainly cannot be in every location everyday monitoring the contracts of our 4,000 member Local Union.  The everyday application of the language contained in your contract is a very important factor in determining not only which side will prevail when a dispute arises but also upholding the integrity and intent of that language.

So your role as a caretaker is certainly an important one.  The information contained in this portion of the website is intended to assist you in the performance of that role.  It is by no means all inclusive of every bit of information that is required of a shop steward, but it is a good starting point.

We want to thank you on behalf of our Local Union for taking the time and making the effort to effectively perform this most important role.


Bob Sleight, Secretary Treasurer          Mark Davison, President


Teamsters Local 162
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