A teacher in your building is called into a meeting with an administrator. She’s worried. Is she entitled to union representation?
That depends on the nature of the meeting and other variables. According to the Connecticut State Board of Labor Relations, the right to representation arises when the following criteria are met:
- The employer (administrators) calls the meeting
- The teacher’s attendance is mandatory
- The teacher has a reasonable basis for believing that the meeting will result in discipline or place his or her job in jeopardy
- The teacher requests representation
Not all teachers know that they are entitled to representation in cases such as these, so be sure that you explain your colleagues’ rights to them. These are known as Weingarten rights. Also let them know that while they have a right to union representation, they are not entitled to select a specific person to represent them.
Print, cut, and distribute these cards at your next 10-minute meeting. For more information or to schedule building rep training, contact your CEA UniServ Representative.
Please print and distribute these cards at your next 10 minute meeting.