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Weingarten Rights

Participants meet monthly at the Long Island Federation of Labor receiving instruction in collective bargaining, labor history, personal finance, legislative issues, communications and ethics.

AME Protection of Employees

A supervisor who wishes to meet with an employee, whereby the meeting could reasonably result in disciplinary action, shall notify the employee prior to the meeting of his/her right to have a representative of the Association present at any interview.

 

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your unit president or call headquarters at 631-589-8400.

Your Weingarten Rights

In 1975 the United States Supreme Court, in the case of NLRB v. J. Weingarten, Inc., 420 U.S. 251 (1975), upheld a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision that employees have a right to union representation at investigatory interviews. These rights have become known as the Weingarten Rights. 
 
During an investigatory interview, the Supreme Court ruled that the following rules apply:
  • Rule 1: The employee must make a clear request for union representation before or during the interview. The employee cannot be punished for making this request. 
  • Rule 2: After the employee makes the request, the employer must choose from among three options:
    • Grant the request and delay questioning until the union representative arrives and (prior to the interview continuing) the representative has a chance to consult privately with the employee;
    • Deny the request and end the interview immediately; or
    • Give the employee a clear choice between having the interview without representation, or ending the interview.
  • Rule 3: If the employer denies the request for union representation, and continues to ask questions, it commits an unfair labor practice and the employee has a right to refuse to answer. The employer may not discipline the employee for such a refusal.