Representing difficult members
Updated: Aug 17
A steward’s work is never done. And it’s often challenging work, especially when representing difficult members.
As union stewards, and this is true of staff organizers too, we have a duty to represent members. [...]
But how does a steward represent a member who has discriminated against coworkers? Or, in the case of teachers or health-care workers, who have harmed students and patients? How do you represent a worker who is racist, sexist, homophobic or transphobic? How do you defend a worker who has done wrong or is their own worst enemy?
Take a read of "Representing difficult members" by Kevin Van Meter in The Chief here.