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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.
General workplace health and safety
- National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- OSHA Health and Safey Topics: Healthcare
- Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
- National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
- NIOSH Healthcare and Social Assistance Resources
- The National Network of Committees on Occupational Safety and Health
- Sustainable Hospitals Project
Bloodborne pathogens and preventing needlestick injuries
- SEIU’s Guide to Preventing Needlestick Injuries (pdf) remains a valuable aid to help caregivers collect needlestick injury data, actively participate in product evaluation committees, work with hospital administrators, file health and safety grievances, and file complaints with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) when necessary.
- OSHA’s needlestick info
- NIOSH alert on preventing needlestick injuries
- NIOSH lessons learned: safer medical device implementation
- Training for Development of Innovative Control–Technologies Project (developing safer needlestick technology)
- International Health Care Worker Safety Center
- The Fight for Our Lives: How We Won Safer Needles (10 minutes) shows the role of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and other labor unions and their members in the passage of Federal OSHA Boodborne Pathogen Standard in 1991 and the Federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act in 2000.
Safe patient handling and lifting
Violence in the workplace
- OSHA Guidelines and Resources
- WORKPLACE SAFETY AND HEALTH: Additional Efforts Needed to Help Protect Health Care Workers from Workplace Violence Government Accountability Office GAO-16-11: Published: Mar 17, 2016
- Private Horror /Public Issue: On the Job Assault (17 minutes) This 1998 video provides a graphic depiction of the problem of workplace violence, especially for those who work in healthcare, offices, or other so-called safe environments. Using several case histories, including interviews with victims of workplace violence, emphasis is placed on workers' rights and union efforts to prevent violence on the job.