Rights at Work

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.

 

How to Get Union Representation

Your right to representation means that any union member that you choose may be present in the meeting. It is not up to your administrator to select the person to represent you. If you are comfortable with your Site Representative knowing your situation and believe that s/he has the knowledge and skill to assert your rights in the meeting, he or she is the logical person to select. Your Site Rep has had special training which can help you avoid mistakes that could put you at risk should your principal or supervisor decide to take disciplinary action. Another educator in your building can also play this role if you so choose. If it seems to be a potentially serious matter, you can call SEA at 619-427-1370 and ask to speak to a CTA staff member. 

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