How to Become a Steward

Congratulations! You want to become a steward
Here are the steps you’ll need to take to make that happen for AFSCME local 88.

1. Sign up for the next steward training.  To sign up, email or call 503-239-9858.

(training schedule may be found at and clicking on the Events Calendar)

a. Request time off from your manager to attend the trainings.

b. If you do not wish to use vacation to cover your absence from work please fill out a lost time form from the forms page.

If the training is on your day off you are not eligible for lost time.
If you don’t work for the County your time won’t be reimbursed by the employer, you will have to fill out paperwork to be paid by Local 88 and you will receive a check for your wages.

2. Attend both Steward training one and two.

a. Bring a copy of your contract with you to the training.

3. Once you’ve completed the training please fill out the Steward Questionnaire.

a. Local president will review your questionnaire and if approved, invite you to be sworn in as a steward.

4. Attend the next local meeting to take your oath of office and fill out the I-9 and W-4 forms (bring identification with you) so you can receive a stipend for meetings attended.

5. Get to know your chief steward; they are a wonderful resource for you as you’re learning your new role.

More Information

Upon completion of the process, if approved, you will be appointed and sworn-in at the next scheduled general membership meeting. County Labor Relations will be given notice of your appointment. Without this formal notification you are not recognized as a legal representative of the union, even if you have completed the training and sent in the questionnaire.

There are a few times when someone who volunteers to take on the duties of being a shop steward is not appointed. This can be for several reasons; there are currently enough shop stewards for a given work unit, the volunteer has expressed personal concerns which are not representative of the union, or there is a misunderstanding about the various roles and duties of being a shop steward. Please contact the President or Staff Representative if you have questions about the process.

There are many other valuable ways to get involved with your union, for instance you may volunteer to be assigned to a committee, update the bulletin board in your workplace, pass out fliers. We have several committees as part of Local 88’s regular work. Member Action Teams are active supporting bargaining teams and work group communication. If you are into politics, our Political Action Committee brings you up close and personal with elected leadership statewide.

Becoming a steward truly promotes positive changes in a member. Local 88 provides many opportunities for leadership development and becoming a steward is a sure way to meet people with many different leadership qualities and skills to share.