The Employees Right to Union Representation
When Questioned by Management
Union members are entitled to union representation if they are questioned by management. This right was made possible by the
National Labor Relations Act. These representation rights are formally known as the Weingarten Rights and are listed below.
a supervisor or other member of management questions an employee about a matter involving his/her work or a workplace event, the employee
may have a right to union representation.
If the employee reasonably believes, at any time before or during the interview, that the
questions may lead to discipline or other adverse job change, the employee should tell the employer representative that he/she wants
The employer is not required by law to offer to call a union steward. The employee must make the request.
such a request is made, the interviewer should not begin or continue until the steward or other union representative is present. When
the steward or representative arrives, the employee has a right to confer with him/her prior to meeting with the supervisor. The steward
or representative may counsel the employee during the interview.
The employer may decline to proceed with the interview with the union
representative present and take disciplinary action without an interview.
If the employer does not allow the employee to have representation
the union may file an unfair labor practice charge.
If you ever suffer an on the job injury, please pay close attention to the following information.
Report your work-related accident,
injury or condition to your supervisor immediately.
Complete an Employees Accident Report. Be sure to list all parts of your body
that were affected or hurt.
Ask for and keep a copy of your report.
If you need immediate medical care, advise your supervisor. While
your Employer may require you to be seen by a certain physician or clinic, you have the right to be treated by a physician you choose.
sure to accurately describe for every physician or medical provider you see your problem and the relationship to work.
You must attend
all scheduled appointments with health care providers. Failure to do so could jeopardize your benefits.
Keep copies of all medical
slips and notes, such as notes excusing you from work, before you turn them in, and keep a list of all health care providers you see.
copies of all correspondence from your Employer or the insurance company, including the envelopes they came in. Note on each document
the date when you received it.
Keep accurate records of days you are out of work, days you return to work, dates you receive medical
treatment, mileage to and from medical treatment including receipts for parking and out of pocket medical costs.
Keep copies of your
workers compensation checks and if you return to work, all your paychecks.
If you have any questions or concerns about your
work related injury or Workers Compensation please see your Union Steward, Union Representative, or contact the Local 791 Union office
INTERROGATION RIGHTS STATEMENT
I refuse to submit to (or continue) this interrogation because I fear that I will suffer severe discipline
or termination of my employment. I demand my right to consult with a union representative and to have union representation present
on my behalf before this proceeding continues. If my demand is not acknowledged, then I refuse to participate in this process and
you may take whatever action you deem necessary.
Please contact the union office at 1-800-535-2752 if you have any questions on any
of the information listed above.
Ten Tips to Protect Yourself If You are Injured at Work
United Food and Commercial Workers Union
55 Norfolk Avenue
South Easton, MA 02375
Proudly serving workers in Massachusetts,
Rhode Island and Maine since 1947
Russell F. Regan, President
Frank J. Runey, Secretary-Treasurer