Local 701 Members/ Enforce Your Rights.
When management begins to questions you. If you have a reasonable belief that answers you give could be used by your supervisor could lead to discipline or termination the U.S. Supreme Court says. You can refuse to answer any questions until the Union Steward or Union Officer is on the scene and has had a chance to talk things over with you first. If your supervisor pressures by telling you that “you're only making things worse for yourself by asking for Union Representation, Is against the law too.
IF YOU ARE CALLED INTO A MEETING WITH ANY MANAGEMENT REPRESENTATIVE AND HAVE REASON TO BELIEVE THAT DISCIPLINARY ACTION MAY RESULT, READ THEM YOUR WEINGARTEN RIGHTS...
1.) Demand union representation: You must ask for union representation before or during the interview. Management does not have to tell you about this right.
2.) Refuse to proceed without union representation: A questioner must be told of your desire for representation. Refusal to cooperate on your part can be viewed as insubordination. If management refuses to allow you representation, stay in the room, but remain silent.
3.) Don’t make any written or verbal statement of guilt or innocence: You cannot be forced to make a statement. The most appropriate response is to make NO statement-claiming innocence is considered to be a statement.
4.) Do not waive your right to representation: If you proceed in questioning without representation, you have waived your right to representation and any statements made can be used against you.
5.) Refuse to answer question over the phone: If you are called at home and asked the same kind of questions, you have a right to insist on waiting to answer them in the presence of a steward.
6.)Know your limits:Just as it's important to know what your Weingarten rights are, it's also important to know the limits. You're not entitled to have a steward present every time a supervisor wants to talk to you-- like about how to use a certain tool or what your assignments are for the day. But if the discussion begins to change into questioning that could lead to discipline, you have the right to ask for your steward before the conversation goes any further.
INTERROGATION RIGHTS STATEMENT”
What to Say if Management Asks Questions That Could Lead to Discipline.
“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 Steward or Union Officer be present at this meeting. Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions.”
UNION REPRESENTATIVES HAVE THESE “RIGHTS”
WHEN SUMMONED TO THE INTERVIEW:
> To hold a private pre-interview conference with the employee.
> To speak up during the interview.
> To request clarification of questions.
> To advise the employee on how to answer questions.
> To provide additional information once the interview is over.