Duties and responsibilities of school stewards

The duties of the School Steward are stated in ASTI Rule 55 but may be summarised as follows

Duties and responsibilities of school stewards

The duties of the School Steward are stated in ASTI Rule 55 as follows:

  1. Each ASTI school staff group shall elect a School Steward to be their official union representative.
  2. The election shall take place on or before 1st May each year and the newly elected School Steward
  3. shall, as soon as possible, notify ASTI Head Office of his/her election.
  4. The School Steward shall be the official representative of the ASTI in the school. He/she shall be responsible to the Association for the conduct of the affairs of the Association within the school.
  5. The School Steward shall endeavour to ensure that all eligible teachers employed in the school become and remain members of the Association
  6. The School Steward should arrange the distribution to members of ASTI literature and information.
  7. The School Steward shall forward to Head Office information on ASTI membership in the school if requested by the General Secretary.
  8. The School Steward shall act in consultation with and on behalf of the ASTI members in the School.
  9. The School Steward shall convene at least one school ASTI meeting per term.
  10. On receipt of an agenda and a request for a meeting signed by at least half of the ASTI members in the school, the School Steward shall convene a meeting of ASTI members.
  11. Necessary expenses of the School Steward may be reimbursed by the local ASTI Branch.
  12. The School Steward may if he/she sees fit arrange for the election of a School Union Committee, this committee to consist of three members including the School Steward. The School Steward may delegate some duties to the other members of the School Union Committee. Where deemed appropriate by the school steward this committee may act on behalf of the ASTI staff.
  13. The School Steward has responsibility for distributing ASTI ballot documentation to members, ensuring that the electoral register is correctly signed and returning the completed ballots to ASTI Head Office.