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Defend Yourself in Meetings with Supervisors

It's important that every member know their rights under the law. Your Weingarten Rights, announced by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 1975 case (NLRB vs. Weingarten, Inc. 420 U.S. 251, 88 LRRM 2689) establish your right to a union representative in any meeting with a supervisor in which you feel the topic might lead to some kind of disciplinary action. If you find yourself in a meeting and you feel it may lead in that direction, invoke your Weingarten Rights by saying:

If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated or cause an effect on my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my Union Representative be present at this meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to participate in this discussion.

These words are printed on the back of your Union card. Carry it with you at all times. To obtain representation in such a meeting, contact your delegate.

Download a fact sheet on this topic here.

Chicago Teachers Union