“I understand that this proceeding is for the purpose of investigating whether I may receive discipline. Therefore, I request that a union representative be present on my behalf before this proceeding continue without allowing me union representation, I hereby protest your denial of rights guaranteed to me under federal labor law.”
As a union member, you have certain rights at your workplace:
A Voice at Work
Because you have a union, you have a voice at work. A negotiating committee of union members and staff negotiate with management-as equals- over wages,benefits,working conditions and other issues. The union committee pushes for the issues that union members choose. The results of negotiations is a proposed contract which members vote on before it takes effect
Right to Union Representation
Every union member has the right to union representation during an investigatory interview that could lead to discipline. This is called your “Weingarten” rights, after a Supreme Court case which established the right to representation.
Just Cause for Discipline
The just cause provision in your union contract ensures you have due process in cases of discipline.The just cause standard is a well-defined set of legal rules that involve several different “tests”of a disciplinary action. The tests of just cause provide considerable protection against retaliation, discrimination, or other unfair actions.
The Security of a Union Contract
As a union member, your wages and working conditions are spelled out in writing in a legally-binding contract. You are not alone at the workplace-instead, you have the security of knowing that your rights are protected by by your union contract and backed up by the other members of UFCW 368A