SEIU 560 50th Anniversary

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SEIU Supports COPE


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Weingarten Rights

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Recommended Attorney

Our Union Attorney is Shawn Sullivan. Feel free to look at his page!

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A Brief History of Unions

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Help for the Union Steward

Steward’s Job Checklist

____ I take a leadership role in the union and in my work area.

____ I talk about the union with my co-workers.

____ I listen to my co-workers concerns. I solve their problems if I can.

____ I read the things sent to me by the Union, and I discuss them with my co-workers.

____ I treat all employees fairly.

____ I greet new hires, introduce myself as their union steward, and tell them about the union. I ask them to join the union.

____ I talk to every non-member about joining the union.

____ I watch time limits very carefully when handling grievances.

____ I try to settle grievances informally, or at the lowest possible level.

____ I involve my co-workers in solving workplace problems.

____ I tell my co-workers about union accomplishments.

____ I ask union members their opinions about union matters.

____ I encourage union members to attend meetings.

____ I set an example by attending meetings myself.

____ I keep the bulletin board interesting and up-to-date.

____ I study the collective bargaining agreement.

____ I try to gain and nurture the respect of my co-workers.

____ I demonstrate to management that I am their equal.

____ When I have a question or a problem, I consult other stewards, my chapter president, and/or my field representative.

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FO&M Contract

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Fact Check on Public Employee Pensions

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90 Years of SEIU History

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Weingarten Rights

Weingarten Rights

Posted by beth bacon on May 24, 2011

If you are ever called into an interview meeting with your supervisor or manager so they can investigate a situation which might result in discipline, you have specific representational rights. These rights are summarized below:

      • You have the right to have a Union steward present.
      • If you want a steward there, you must ask for him or her.
      • If you do not know why your manager wants to meet with you, ask him/her if it is a meeting that could result in a discipline.
      • If your manager refuses to allow you to bring a steward, repeat your request in front of a witness. Do not refuse to attend the meeting, but do not answer any questions either. Take notes. Once the meeting is over call your steward at once.
      • You have the right to speak privately with your steward before the meeting and during the meeting.
      • Your steward has the right to play an active role in the meeting. She or he is not just witness.

These rights are called “Weingarten Rights” based on a 1975 Supreme Court decision (NLRB vs. J. Weingarten). As with all rights, if we do not use them we lose them.

This statement could save your job:

“If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated I respectfully request that my steward be present at the meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to respond to any questions or statements.”

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