of the most vital functions of a Union steward is to prevent management
from intimidating employees. Nowhere is this more important than in
closed-door meetings when supervisors or guards, often trained in
interrogation techniques, attempt to coerce employees into confessing to
In 1975, in NLRB v. J.
Weingarten, Inc, the U.S. Supreme Court announced the rights of
employees in the presence of union representatives during investigatory
interviews. Since that case involved a clerk being investigated by the
Weingarten Company, these rights have become known as Weingarten rights.
If you are called into a meeting with any management
representative and have reason to believe that disciplinary action may
result, read them your Weingarten rights ...
My Weingarten Rights
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 or steward be present at this
meeting. If this discussion could lead to my being disciplined and you
deny my request for representation, I choose not to answer any
1975, the Supreme Court ruled in the Weingarten decision, that
an employee is entitled to have a union representative present during
any interview which may result in his or her discipline. It is up to you to insist on union representation. If you fail to do so, you may
waive your rights.
your supervisor if you might be disciplined as a result of the
If he says, "NO," ask for a written statement to that effect.
If he gives you such a statement, you must participate in the interview.
If not, read him your Weingarten rights, remain for the meeting, take
notes, and afterwards immediately contact your union representative.
says you might be disciplined but will not allow you to have a union
representative present, read him your Weingarten rights, stay in the
room, take notes, and do not respond to any questions. Afterwards,
contact your union representative immediately.
If he allows your union
representative to be present, you should participate in the interview.