AFGE Stewards are working people who have volunteered to connect members with their union. It is the Stewards’ responsibility to know how the union works on behalf of its members, aid members in their workplace, and show how AFGE’s mission impacts public servants. Stewards have their finger on the pulse of our membership and communicate that important information back to the union’s leadership for action.
Stewards are elected by their peers or appointed to the position by the local. Consult your local’s by-laws to find out how you can learn more about becoming a steward. By speaking with other stewards, members or local officers, you’ll be able to find out what the position entails and learn how to get involved. Remember: you don't have to hold an official position to serve your local. As a member, there are many ways to serve at your workplace.
Stewards are critical to ensuring that AFGE members and all public servants are treated with dignity and respect at the worksite. AFGE Stewards build solidarity through personal relationships.
AFGE is committed to ensuring that Stewards have the knowledge and resources they need to serve their colleagues. Visit the AFGE L.E.A.D. training website to find courses specifically designed for Stewards. Once you complete the training, you will be connected to a network of Stewards across the country and have the opportunity to share knowledge, best practices, and other tools.