92. Do your members know their Weingarten Rights?
It is important for members to know their rights. Many local associations offer their members a small business card to carry in their wallets, purses, or within the ID badges on their lanyards. On the business card is printed a description of members’ Weingarten Rights as well as a statement that members could use when evoking the Weingarten Rights may be necessary. Your NJEA UniServ office will have cards for you to distribute to your members and can help explain Weingarten Rights to you and your members.
The cards may read something to the effect of:
“If this meeting could in any way lead to a change in the terms and conditions of my personal working conditions or my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my association representative be present at the meeting. Without representation, I choose not to answer any questions.”
The card might also add:
“If you are accused of child abuse:
• Remain silent!
• Do not meet with DYFS without an attorney!
• Put nothing in writing.
• Never sign what someone else writes about
• Do not discuss the matter with anyone except an attorney.”
Learn more about Weingarten Rights here:http://www.njea.org/members/new-members/your-association/know-your-rights