Why Unions? Steward Training (Tier I)

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this module, participants will be able to:

  • Talk about how unions are good for workers;
  • Know a little more about the labour movement and PSAC history;
  • Identify current challenges for the labour movement.


Before we delve into the content of this module, please take a moment to reflect on why you joined the union or have decided to get more informed or become more active.

Make notes on the "notepad" provided.

Now reflect on why others have become involved in the union in various roles. What are your thoughts about why they chose to do so.

Make notes on the "notepad" provided.

There are a number of reasons why people get involved as active union members, including, for example:

  • Being advocates for social and economic justice
  • Defending the rights of others in the workplace and society
  • Championing a more fair and just worplace and society
  • Connecting to a social change movement
  • Giving back after receiving support and representation from the union