From scheduling to health and safety to pay discrepancies, 1006A steward Natasha Grey is always there to help her co-workers resolve issues at work.
"What inspires me to be a steward is my drive and passion for the labour movement,” said Grey. “I love speaking to my members about the union and what the union can do for them.”
A grocery store worker and member for 20 years, Grey jumped into the world of activism and became a steward in 2010.
"I did not like the injustice, favouritism and disrespect,” said Grey. "I felt that I had to fight for member's rights."
The previous union steward, Patt Leggett, was retiring and showed Grey the impact a great activist could have.
"She was amazing,” Grey recalled. "She was a perfect example of a strong union steward. Pat showed me how to be the union steward I am today.”
Since becoming a steward, Grey has become increasingly involved with the union, attending rallies, conferences, Light the Night events, and Labour Day parades. Today, she also serves as a Vice-President on the Executive Board.
"1006A has made a great difference for me and my co-workers,” she said. "From the staff, outreach, education and conferences, I feel that we have the best union. Our union makes me feel proud that we have a strong foundation to help our members the best way possible."
In many ways, Grey wants to make a difference and give back.
"The union has made a difference for me by giving me a safe haven to contact my union rep or any of the staff,” she said. "I find that you all welcomed me with open arms and gave me a voice when I did not have one.”
So now, she makes it a mission to make life better for others.
"I help my co-workers with any of their issues,” she said. "I feel joy and fulfilment when members are satisfied that I had advocated for them."