In one sense, all union members are union stewards for we should all work to ensure justice on the job.
However, the official Union Steward is often the face of the union to other members and to the company. He is a chief enforcer of the contract and members' representative to management. This page is designed to provide a ready reference tool.
This information was first published on www.ibew.org. The official website of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
Union Steward Legal Resource Guide
In 1975, in NLRB v. J. Weingarten, Inc, the U.S. Supreme Court defined the rights of employees in the presence of union representatives during investigatory interviews. Since that case involved a clerk being investigated by the Weingarten Company, these rights have become known as Weingarten rights. In 2000, the NLRB extended those rights to non-union workplaces.