Know Your Rights
At Work

Important: If you are employed in the Airline Division, see your CBA for your rights.

Visit the Airline Divison page here.

Steward's
Toolbox

Stewards are the first people in line to enforce the contract and fight management bullying. We’ve put together this list of resources for old and new Shop Stewards. Click the links to view, download, and print these resources.

Stewards Rights Q & A: This series of questions and answers offers a look at some of the basic steward’s rights and how management can, and cannot, respond in various situations. Read more

Using ‘Just Cause’ to Fight Unfair Discipline: Understanding ‘Just Cause’ can help protect Teamsters from discipline or discharge. Click here for a comprehensive explanation. 

The ‘Just Cause’ Checklist: Use this helpful checklist to determine if management has ‘just cause’ in a discipline case. 

Tips on Resolving Potential Grievances: Sometimes it may be best to informally resolve an issue before grieving it. Click here for a list of useful tips on how to do that.

The Art of Taking Notes: Taking notes is essential in enforcing your contract. Here is a guideline on how to take effective notes. 

Weingarten
Rights

Important: If you are employed in the Airline Division, see your CBA for your rights.

Union members have the right to union representation during any conversation with a supervisor or manager that could lead to discipline.

These rights have been upheld by the Supreme Court and they are known as Weingarten Rights. 

Make sure that your rights are respected by telling management: “If this discussion could in any way lead to me being disciplined, terminated or affect my personal working conditions, I request that a union steward, business agent or union officer be present at this meeting. Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions.”

Then remain silent. If you proceed your rights will be waived.

Download a PDF Weingarten Rights Card to keep in your wallet!

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