Everyone wants a smooth working relationship on the job, but problems can arise in any workplace. As an SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH member, you have union protection and rights guaranteed by your contract and also several Supreme Court decisions.
What’s the best way to protect myself?
Read and understand your contract and know who your Delegates are. The contract governs terms and conditions of your employment.
What if I think my contractual rights are being violated?
Remember, obey a supervisory order and then grieve it afterwards. You have the right to file a grievance when management violates a contractual right.
Talk to your Delegate immediately.
There are strict timelines that apply, so work closely with your Delegate. If management refuses to settle the grievance, the Union may argue your case before an impartial arbitrator who makes the final ruling.
I think I’m in trouble at work – what are my rights?
A 1975 Supreme Court ruling, NLRB v. J. Weingarten, Inc., gives you the RIGHT to have Union representation when you are being investigated at work. If you believe that a conversation with a supervisor could lead to discipline or termination, INSIST on having your Union representative present. These are called Weingarten Rights and it is up to you to demand them.
Follow these steps:
Remember, Weingarten Rights do not apply to everyday conversations between members of the Union and supervisors regarding regular job duties or work performance. They only apply to questioning from management that could lead to discipline or termination.