Right to Representation

Weingarten Rights

What to do when management calls you into a meeting to discuss job performance or possible discipline issues.

You have rights that you need to be aware of. Take control of the outcome of your meeting by bringing representation. It’s your responsibility as an employee to immediately call your Union Representative when asked to meet with Management. If representation is unavailable, you must still report to the meeting to avoid insubordination. However, announce that you are aware of your rights established by the Weingarten Act while being pleasant and respectful. State the following:  “I am aware of my rights under the Federal Weingarten Act and I am unable to answer questions at this time until I have Union representation.”

When you go to the meeting be sure to bring a pen and pad of paper and take note of the questions. Sit confidently and keep a level head. Level the playing field; keep a respectful tone and attitude.

You have the right to wait until your union representative is available to be present at the meeting with you. Simply state ” If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my Association representative be present at the metting. Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions.”