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Our Union Weingarten Rights

Know Your Rights: The Right to Representation

If you are ever called into a meeting with your supervisor or manager so they can investigate a situation which might result in discipline, you have specific union rights.

  • If you do not know why your manager wants to meet with you, ask them if it is a meeting that could result in a discipline.
  • If the meeting could result in discipline, you have the right to have a union delegate or organizer present.  Find your delegates.  You should reach out to the delegate to inform them of the meeting.
  • If your manager refuses to allow you to bring a delegate, repeat your request in front of a witness. Do not refuse to attend the meeting, but do not answer any questions either. Take notes.  Once the meeting is over call your delegate at once.
  • You have the right to speak privately with your delegate before the meeting and during the meeting.
  • Your delegate has the right to play an active role in the meeting, not just to serve as a witness.

These rights are called “Weingarten Rights.” As with all rights, it's up to us to know and enforce them.

This statement could save your job!

“If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated I respectfully request that my union delegate be present at the meeting. Without union representation present, I choose not to respond to any questions or statements.”

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Forms

Health and Safety

As healthcare workers, it's critical that we care for our own safety and health too—on and off the job. That’s why we’re sharing resources that we've found useful in protecting ourselves and our families.

Bloodborne pathogens and preventing needlestick injuries
Tuberculosis (TB) and control of airborne pathogens
Safe patient handling and lifting
Violence in the workplace
Latex allergy
Chemicals and hazardous drugs

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