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Know Your Rights: Weingarten Rights (Feb. 4, 2011)

Your boss just called you into his office.  What do you do?

If you are being questioned by management and believe it could result in discipline, you have the right to request union representation.

You can make the request before or at any time during the interview.

When you ask for representation, management must grant the request and delay questioning until your union representative arrives.

These are known as "Weingarten rights."

Management is not required to inform you of these rights.

Remember: you must ask for a union representative.

If you are called in for questioning, tell your boss:

"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, officer, or steward be present at this meeting.  Until my representative arrives, I choose not to answer any questions."