Member Profile: Veronica Carr
This is Veronica Carr, an Educational Assistant with AVRCE Local 73. We asked her a few questions about being a Steward.
1. How long have you been a Steward?
I have been a steward for 10 years – this is my first term as a Chief Steward
2. What made you want to become a Steward?
I wanted to become a Steward because I had questions and concerns at my workplace and I wasn’t sure who to talk to or how to access help. I decided the best way to know is to get involved, then I decided share my knowledge and to be available for my colleges.
3. What issues do you typically deal with in your workplace as a Steward?
There’s a variety of issues and each is unique to the individual and situation. It could be a grievance or misunderstandings interpreting the collective agreement. I educate members to understand their rights but also be a soundboard and listen to their frustrations and offer support and comfort.
3. Have you faced any discrimination in the workplace by stepping forward to become a Steward?
I have not faced any discrimination in the workplace. Though, my workplace is not without discrimination and I am here to support any members that feel they have been discriminated against.
4. What kind of skills has being a Steward given you?
I have learned so much since becoming a Steward! I gained effective communication skills, better conflict resolution strategies, and how to advocate for others by asking tough questions. I am more self assured and confident in my abilities to stand up for my members’ rights.
5. Would you recommend other people become a Steward in their workplace and why or why not?
I absolutely would recommend becoming a steward to anyone who believes in fair rights for all employees and to anyone who wants a better understanding of how unions work. Making a difference in someone’s life by giving them a voice is very rewarding.
NOTE: This is the second in a series of Steward profiles we will be sharing throughout this term. This profile appeared in the fall edition of The Stand.