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As a member of the TCFUA you can be involved and make a difference in your workplace and the Union. If you feel that you would like to be more active in the Union there are a range of different ways you can do this, depending on whether you want to be just a bit more involved or fully active. It’s up to you!
The Union has many different campaigns and projects running throughout the year that you may be interested in. Getting active in one can be anything from putting a poster up in your tearoom, to organizing an event in your workplace.
There are so many things that you could do:
There are many other ways you could be involved, ask your Organiser for more information. Check out the campaigns section of the website & our State News/ Info section to find out more about our current union campaigns & projects.
You don’t have to be a shop steward to be a contact for the TCFUA. The Union needs valuable feedback from its members at times. This can be anything from getting a questionnaire or a letter telling you about a new campaign. If you volunteer to be a contact that simply means that you are interested in being one of the people to provide us with feedback. Surveys & questionnaires come with a pre-paid envelope, and it is up to you whether you put your name on it or not, we don’t mind if it’s anonymous. If you’re interested in becoming a TCFUA contact please let your Organiser know or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Union stewards advocate on behalf of union members in the workplace. The steward deals with issues before they escalate and tries to negotiate meetings and a resolution. Members rely on the steward to keep them up to date on all Union news and events and reports back on negotiations. The most important aspect of being a steward is that he or she is an employee's link to the TCFUA.
If you feel that you would make a good TCFUA Shop Steward then speak to your Organiser and follow the steps below:
Ask the TCFUA for a Union Nomination form for the notice board. Submit your name as a candidate for union steward when a window opens. Usually, members will ask someone to represent them as a steward.
If more than one union member nominates a meeting will be arranged by the Union nd a vote will be taken where TCFUA members get to vote for the person that they want as their Shop Steward.