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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I get involved with the local?
A: Monthly E-Board and general membership meetings are always a good way to keep infromed and provide feedback to your leadership. Check with your E-Board representative to see whats going on in your local and where you can volunteer.

Weingarten Rights

Q: What are Weingarten rights?
A: Weingarten rights apply only during investigatory interviews. An investigatory interview occurs when: (1) management questions an employee to obtain information; and (2) the employee has a reasonable belief that discipline or other adverse consequences may result. The employee can request union representation before or at any time during the interview.

Q: What should I say if a manager starts asking me questions that might lead to discipline?
"If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I request that my steward (or a union officer) be present. Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions. This is my legal right."

Q: What happens when I ask for union representation?
A: The County must choose from among three options:
1. Grant the request and delay questioning until the union representative arrives;
2. Deny the request and end the interview immediately; or
3. Give the employee a choice of: (a) having the interview without representation or (b) ending the interview.

If management denies the request for union representation and continues the meeting, the employee can refuse to answer questions and should contact a union steward immediately following the meeting

Q: Does mangement have to inform employees that they have a right to union representation?
A: No. The employee must understand their rights. If you have questions about your rights please contact you local union steward. Weingarten Rights.