All Local 8 union contracts guarantee that employees can’t be disciplined or terminated except for “just cause”. In Washington State, employees without a union contract can be fired “at will” and employers do not have to use just cause standards. Here are those 7 just cause standards for union employees defined:
Union employees also have Weingarten Rights:
You have the right to union representation any time you face a meeting or discussion with a supervisor that could lead to discipline. Your employer usually has no obligation to inform you of your right to have a union representative present. You must ask for your rights! Your employer must give you time to contact a union representative and allow the representative to be present at the meeting.
“Weingarten” rules apply when a supervisor is questioning an employee to obtain information the employee reasonably believes could be used as grounds for discipline. If the meeting is solely to inform about a discipline without an investigation, this rule doesn’t apply. Here’s what you can say to your employer if you’re being called into a meeting:
“If this meeting is an investigation that could in any way lead to discipline or termination, I request that my steward or union representative be present before continuing.”
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