Essentials for Union Stewards


Union members know their workplaces better than anyone, and effective stewards are one of a union’s most important assets. Stewards are the eyes, ears, and embodiment of the union in the workplace. This Essentials for Union Stewards program is designed to prepare members to understand labor in the economy, know their legal rights, recognize potential grievances, and investigate and assist bargaining unit members in the workplace and in grievance or investigatory meetings. The class is self-guided and accessible 24/7, giving students the flexibility to study and learn at their own pace. Becoming a steward requires taking on more responsibility than being a member, but this class prepares students to confidently fulfill that role and find the satisfaction of making a real difference in their workplace.

Class Details

What is an on-demand institute?

On-demand institutes have an open, ongoing online registration. Participants can access the course 24/7, for up to six months after registration. The course is divided into units with various readings, short videos, and supportive documents to explore a set topic. Faculty are available for support or questions via the online platform e-mailing system.



Registration is always open! Participants will receive access to the online course within 5-10 business days and have six months to complete the course.


Payment and tuition

Tuition is only $99. Payment is due at time of registration and is accepted only online at