Daily Archives: September 22, 2012

Shop Stewards

It has been an odd couple of days… and I’ve been sick, which only compounds things.  I slept most of the last two days away… except for breaks to feed, water, and potty the dogs and other animals (and myself).  Until today at suppertime when the girl got home from her Friday night sleepover and her cousin Finn’s second birthday party – big thanks to my parents for taking her to the party while I’ve been in bed.  Okay… so all that doesn’t seem so odd?  No, you’re right.  What has been odd though, is that I’ve been home alone through all of this.  Usually it’s me who’s off traveling places, but this time Damon’s gone.  He’s off at a shop steward conference.

Damon has been a shop steward for over a decade now (if memory serves).  And while it’s not a volunteer position very many people would take, it’s always been something I’ve been proud of him for.  Not sure what a shop steward is?  Well, at their most basic they are there to stand up for the unionized employees in any meetings or disciplinary steps.  Feel like you might be on the short end of the stick heading into a meeting with management?  You can count on your shop steward to go in with you.  They know their unions policies, and they’ll have your back.  It’s a pretty thankless job, as many volunteer positions are, but I’m proud of my husband for all he does, for everyone he’s helped, and those he will help in the future.  Shop stewards are pretty awesome!

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