Union members have the right to union representation during any conversation with a supervisor or manager that could lead to discipline.
These rights have been upheld by the Supreme Court and they are known as Weingarten Rights. This means that you have the right to Union Representation when management is conducting any kind of investigation, be it into your numbers or an accident.
If management calls you into the office or talks to you about your job performance, an accident, or anything that could lead to discipline, ask for your shop steward.
Your steward has the right to know what the meeting is about and to meet with you to talk before the meeting starts.
You also have a right to take a break during the meeting and talk to your steward privately. Just say you want to go in the hallway and “caucus” with your steward.
Use a caucus to ask questions, to fill your shop steward in on important facts and to get on the same page.
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As a Local 71 Teamster, you have union rights under your contract.
Look here for advice on steps to take in common situations.
What to Do if You're Called into the Office. Find out the do's and don'ts
if you get called into the office,
What to Do if You're Injured on the Job. Find out what to do if you get
hurt at work.
What to Do if You Have an Accident. Accidents happen. Be prepared so
that you avoid getting into unnecessary trouble.
What to Do if You're Called in for a Drug Test. Being told that you are
going to be tested for alcohol and drugs can be a stressful situation.
Follow these steps and get a Shop Steward involved immediately.
What to Do if You're Leaving Your Job. If you are leaving your job for any
reason, make sure to get a withdrawal card from Local 71.
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