Shop Stewards are an important part of how any union functions. The Steward is the visible presence of the union in the workplace as the union officer who works with and interacts with the members at the workplace.
The Steward enforces the collective agreement and protects the rights members have acquired through negotiations and other union actions. Stewards are elected or appointed within the Local.
Stewards are links between members and their elected local officials; local builders who unite members, organize locals, and get members involved; and communicators who deal with management on workers' inssues.