Weingarten Rights


If you are in possible disciplinary situation the following statement could save your job!

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 representational rights and should state:

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

These rights are called “Weingarten Rights” based on a 1975 Supreme Court decision.


Anytime you are questioned by a supervisor where you believe discipline may result or notes are kept by the supervisor you have the right to:

  1. To have a Union steward present.
  2. If you want a steward you must ask. If you do not know why your manager wants to meet with you, ask if the meeting could result in discipline.
  3. If your manager refuses to allow you to bring a steward, 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 steward at once.
  4. You have the right to speak privately with your steward before and/or during the meeting.
  5. Your steward has the right to play an active role in the meeting.