If you are called into a meeting with any management representative and have reason to believe that disciplinary action may result, ask the management representative if you might be disciplined as a result of the interview. If they say, “no,” ask for a written statement to that effect. If they give you a statement, you must participate in the interview. If not, read them your Weingarten rights, remain for the meeting, take notes, and afterwards, immediately contact your union representative.
If the management representative says you might be disciplined but will not allow you to have a union representative present, read them your Weingarten rights, stay in the room, take notes, and do not respond to any questions. Afterwards, contact your union representative immediately. If they allow your union representative to be present, you should participate in the interview.
“If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative or steward be present at this meeting. If this discussion could lead to my being disciplined and you deny my request for representation, I choose not to answer any questions.”
In 1975, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, in the Weingarten decision, that an employee is entitled to have a union representative present during any interview which may result in his or her discipline. It is up to YOU to insist upon union representation. If you fail to do so, you may waive your rights.
(Source: International Brotherhood of Teamsters Weingarten Rights card)