Steward Spotlight
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Steward Spotlight

John Pelletier, Premier Horticulture Ltd.

My job is in the maintenance department for Premier Horticulture in Richer, Manitoba. Being in the maintenance department makes my job as steward easy because I am involved in all departments in the plant and communicate with everyone on the production floor.

As a steward, I see my role as a champion for the rights and well-being of my fellow members. I strive to be their voice, ensuring fair treatment, safe working conditions, and advocating for their needs. I’m here to support and empower my coworkers, addressing any concerns they may have and working toward positive change in the workplace. Together, we can create a stronger, more united workforce.

Being a steward is satisfying for several reasons. What stands out most for me is that by being a steward, I have the opportunity to make a positive impact, no matter how big or small the issue is, whether it’s things like ensuring safe working conditions or just helping someone who has a question about the collective agreement. And that always fills me with a sense of fulfillment.

Though being a steward can be fulfilling and rewarding, there are times when frustration does take hold. Balancing between work responsibilities and union responsibilities can feel overwhelming at times, especially when it comes to juggling multiple issues and priorities.

Managing high expectations is another frustration probably near the top of the list for me personally. It seems as though members look to their stewards to solve all of their workplace issues and concerns, leading to unrealistic expectations and pressure to have all the answers. It can be really frustrating when you feel like you’re under constant scrutiny and expected to have all the solutions to sometimes very complex problems.

In the end though, would I change the fact I am a steward? No, never. This has been a very rewarding experience, and I hope to be in the role as long as I can. To keep on making positive change for everyone I work with is what makes it all worth it.

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