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Your Rights As A Member
Do you know your Weingarten Rights? Do you use them? Most union members do not understand their Weingarten Rights. Everyone should have a card that says: 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 union representative or steward be present at this meeting. Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions.
Simply put, if you are getting in trouble, or feel as though you may get in trouble by meeting with your boss, supervisor, department head, mayor, whatever, you should always, always, ALWAYS request to speak to your union rep or shop steward, and have them present at that meeting.
If after you request your union rep, your employer asks you if they can talk to you without having them present, you should always refuse. If you comply, then you are not using your Weingarten Rights. You are actually allowing your employer to waive your Weingarten Rights.
DO NOT GIVE UP YOUR WEINGARTEN RIGHTS. Do not answer questions after you request union representation, unless your union rep is there. This is why you pay dues. Donít be bamboozled into signing, meeting or saying anything that could lead to damaging your job or your character.
Many employers will trick you into waiving your rights. They do not have to remind you of your rights. Once you use your Weingarten rights, your employer must either wait until you have had a chance to meet with your union rep, or reschedule for a time when the arrangements can be made. Until that time you have the right NOT to answer any questions in regards to the matter.
If your employment is interrupted for any reason (i.e. termination, resignation, laid off, lengthy sick leave, leave of absence) it is YOUR responsibility to contact the Union Hall and get a Request for a Withdrawal Card.
Contact your Shop Steward, Business Agent or the Union Hall direct at 908-810-0600.