The US Supreme Court has ruled that the National Labor Relations Act gives workers the right to request Union Representation during an investigatory interview by supervisors, security personnel and other managerial staff. These are the “Weingarten Rights”.
Whenever a supervisor calls an employee (Union Member) into a meeting to discuss their work performance and/or any matter where discipline may be taken by the Company, the Union Member should:
Request the presence of a shop steward at the meeting. Management is not going to remind you of this.
If the shop steward is not available, ask that the meeting be postponed.
If the supervisor insists on the meeting without representation, the employer needs to be advised that the Weingarten Rights are being violated and call your Business Representative. An unfair labor practice charge may be filed.