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Our contractual rights are only meaningful if members know them and invoke them. One of our basic rights as workers is the right to union representation.

Whenever you suspect a discussion with an administrator may lead to discipline, invoke your Weingarten rights by saying the words below:

If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my Union Representative be present at this meeting. Without a representative present, I choose not to participate further in this discussion.

This is a primary and essential right. Use the electronic contract found at to defend your rights and the rights of your sisters and brothers in the CTU.

Chicago Teachers Union