Stewards’ Rights

Stewards can take an active role at investigatory meetings.


  • Must be briefed by the supervisor on the subject matter of the interview.
  • Must be allowed to have a pre-interview conference with the employee.
  • Has the right to speak during the interview.
  • May ask for clarification.
  • May council the employee.
  • May provide supplemental information to the supervisor.

Stewards can also:

  • Help an anxious and inarticulate employee explain an incident.
  • Raise extenuating circumstances.
  • Advise an employee against blanket denials.
  • Prevent an employee from making “fatal admissions.”
  • Help employees remain calm.
  • Serve as a witness to the interview proceedings.