NALC VP Renfroe: Rights and Warnings When Questioned

All letter carriers have Weingarten rights, which means the right to have a union steward present during a meeting in which management asks you questions that you believe could lead to discipline. Every letter carrier should follow this advice:

If called to a meeting with management, U.S. postal inspectors or an Office of Inspector General (OIG) agent, read the following statement to the person you are meeting with before the meeting starts:

“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, officer or steward be present at this meeting. Without my union representative present, I respectfully choose not to answer any questions or participate in this discussion.”

You have this right and should exercise it anytime you are asked a question that could lead to discipline regardless of how or where the question is asked. Normally, this will take place in a closed-door meeting as I described above. However, it also could be on the workroom floor or through a phone call or text message. Regardless of how, when or where a question is asked, you have Weingarten rights and should invoke them.

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See Letter Carrier Resource Guide (pages 23-28)

Source: National Association of Letter Carriers

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