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Weingarten Rights

One of the most important rights you need to know in the workplace is your Weingarten Rights. Knowing these rights can save your job.

 "If this discussion could in any way lead to me being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I request my Union Representative be present at this meeting. Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions."

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Weingarten rights were won in a 1975 Supreme Court decision with these basic guidelines:


  • You must make a clear request for union representation either before or during the interview. Managers do not have to inform employees of their rights.

  • Management cannot retaliate against an employee requesting representation.

  • Management must delay questioning until the union Steward arrives.


It is against Federal Law for management to deny an employee’s request for a Union Representative and continue with an interrogation. In this case, an employee can refuse to answer management’s questions.

If you have any questions about your Weingarten rights, speak to your Union Representative.

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