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Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433

You Have The Right To Representation
Monthly Meetings / Agenda
List of Officers and Shop Stewards
Contact the Union
About The Union
From the B/A's Seat
VP's View
Financial Secretary View & Updates
Recording Secretary's Notes
Weingarten Rights
Members Rights and Officer Responsibilities
You Have The Right To Organize
You Have The Right To Representation
National Labor Relations Board
Family and Medical Leave Act

You Have The Right To Representation

Weingarten Rights
Employees have a right to union representation when they "reasonably believe" that an investigatory interview is to take place. Investigatory interviews occur when a supervisor questions an employee to obtain information which could be used as a basis for discipline or when employees are asked to defend their conduct.
Important Note: Employers do not have an obligation to inform employees of their "Weingarten rights".
The request for union representation must be made by the employee, and may take place either before, or during an investigatory interview.
Once union representation has been asked for the employer has three options:
1. Grant the request and delay questioning until the union representative arrives.
2. Deny the request and end the interview immediately.
3. Give the employee a choice of: (a) having the interview without representation, or (b) ending the interview.
Steward's Rights
Stewards can take an active role at investigatory meetings. Stewards:
Must be briefed by the supervisor on the subject matter of the interview.
Must be allowed to have a pre-interview conference with the employee.
Has the right to speak during the interview.
May ask for clarification.
May council the employee.
May provide supplemental information to the supervisor.
Stewards can also:
Help an anxious and inarticulate employee explain an incident.
Raise extenuating circumstances.
Advise an employee against blanket denials.
Prevent an employee from making "fatal admissions."
Help employees from losing their temper.
Serve as a witness to the interview proceedings.

ATU Local 1433 * P.O. Box 4363 * Phoenix * Arizona * 85030