Become a Union Steward

What is a steward?

Stewards are the vital life stream of any local union. Stewards promote fairness, justice, and equality at the worksite by:

  • Invigorating, encouraging, and inspiring members
  • Keeping members informed of union activities
  • Representing his/her worksite in appropriate meetings of the union
  • Responsible for representing the interests of the members in their absence
  • Organizing a strong and united worksite
  • Orienting new members
  • Maintaining overall union solidarity and enthusiasm
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  • New Stewards must attend two (2) trainings in their first year as a steward. This training must be completed within six (6) months of their being elected as a steward.
  • Re-elected Stewards must attend one (1) steward training in the first six (6) months of their new term

Union Strength

Stewards must engage in one (1) of the following activities throughout the course of every year in which she/he serves as a Steward for Local 99:

  • Attend union rallies
  • Attend Industry Division meetings
  • Mobilize coworkers on a worksite issue
  • Participate in a Local Union committee
  • Conduct worksite meetings
  • Participate in a Local Union sponsored campaign


Stewards shall be elected for a term of two (2) years.


If you are interested in becoming a Steward, please be sure you are an SEIU Local 99 member in “good standing”—in other words, you are current in your membership dues and you have signed a membership card (you are not simply an “Agency Fee” payer).

Stewards are selected by their co-workers. Click here for a nomination petition. You will use this petition to gather your co-workers’ signatures. Please note: those who sign our petitions must also be members in “good standing” (current in their dues; not “Agency Fee”).


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