Your Weingarten Rights are your union’s backbone

Make sure you understand and use them.

If you have any doubt at all about what’s happening at work, never take a meeting or answer any questions unless you’ve said something to invoke your Weingarten Rights.

Weingarten Rights allow us, as a Union, to stand together to protect one another. If you are ever called into a discussion that you’re afraid could lead to being disciplined or terminated all you have to do is acknowledge that you are Union and ask whether you need representation.

This provides you with protection and means you don’t have to answer any questions until you have UFCW representation with you.

Weingarten rights

Say the official version. Or, just use a short version.

The full text of your Weingarten Rights appears on the back of your Union Rep’s card:
If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I request that my union representative or shop steward be present at this meeting. Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions.

Alternatively, just say anything like, “Do I need my Union Rep here?” or “Should I call my Union Rep?” or “I am represented by UFCW Local 555.” Anything invoking the Rights works the same way as reading the Rights in full. Just remember to say something along these lines.

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Answer no questions

until you’ve gotten in touch with your Union Rep.

You ALSO have the right to talk about your union at work! You may:

  • Talk about Negotiations

    If you are allowed to talk about any other non-work related topics at work, you are allowed to talk about negotiations or other union activities with your co-workers. If customers ask you about negotiations you are allowed to answer questions.

  • Wear a Button

    Your right to wear a union button is protected union activity under federal law.

  • Sign a Petition

    You are allowed to engage in union activity like signing petitions in your workplace as long as the time and place is reasonable.

  • Read, Distribute, Discuss Union Literature

    Just like signing a petition, you are allowed to do these union activities at work.

  • Take Actions Outside your Store and in the Community

    You can participate in actions in front of your store and engage with the community when you are off the clock

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It is illegal for the employer to discipline you, cut your hours, reassign you, or otherwise retaliate against you for participating in union activities.

If a manager tells you to take off a button or stop talking about the union, do what they say. Then, call your Union Rep as soon as possible. Your union will protect your rights.