AFSCME Local 328 - OHSU Employees
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    Jun 13, 2018
    Old Library 217
    Unit Steward Meeting
    Jun 19, 2018
    Mac Hall 3198
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    Jun 20, 2018
    Old Library 217
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    Jun 27, 2018
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    Jul 11, 2018
    Marquam Room, 1st floor Mackenzie Hall.
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  • Get Help from Your Local 328 Stewards

    Stewards are the union's vital link between the membership and the elected leadership. The stewards are where effective enforcement of our contract begins. If you are interested in becoming a steward, please contact Chief Steward Debbie Brock Talarsky at

    Unit Stewards
    Feb 22, 2018
    Click the Unit Stewards heading above to be taken to the list of Local 328 unit stewards.
    I'm Being Investigated. How Can Local 328 Help Me?
    Feb 22, 2018
    If you need representation for an "investigatory" interview follow the directions on the "tip sheet." Once you have secured representation the information below will tell you how an investigative interview proceeds. To learn your legal rights, read the Wiengarten article. Click the heading above for detailed information about our member investigatory-meeting protocol.
    Tip Sheet - How to Get Union Assistance
    Feb 22, 2018
    Use the link below to download and print a helpful step by step guide to getting assistance from your Union, AFSCME Local 328.
    Download: Member Resources Tip Sheet .pdf

    Investigatory Meetings & Weingarten Rights
    Apr 21, 2015

    "Weingarten rights" derive from a 1975 Supreme Court case, NLRB v. J. Weingarten, Inc. Essentially, they are the right to request assistance from union representatives during investigatory interviews, so that a steward may prevent management from coercing an employee into confessions of misconduct (either through threatening behavior, or simply through skilled interrogation techniques). The union steward can:

        * serve as a witness to the actual content of the investigation;
        * object to intimidating tactics or confusing questions;
        * help an employee avoid making "fatal admissions;"
        * advise an employee, when appropriate, against denying everything, and thereby giving the appearance of guilt or dishonesty;
        * counsel an employee against losing her/his temper;
        * discourage an employee from informing on others;
        * raise extenuating factors.

    Weingarten rights apply only in investigatory interviews -- that is, when management questions an employee to obtain information; and the employee has a reasonable belief that discipline (or other negative consequences) may result. If an employee is called in to a supervisor's office merely to be informed of a disciplinary decision, the courts have found that this is not an investigatory meeting. The decision to discipline the employee has already been made. However, if the supervisor asks additional questions about the employee's conduct, the meeting becomes an investigatory interview.


    "If this discussion could in anyway lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I request that my union representative be present at this meeting. Until my representative arrives, I choose not to participate in this discussion."

    The employee may request union representation before, or at any time during, the interview. At that point, the employer must either grant the request and delay questioning until the steward arrives; deny the request and end the interview immediately; or give the employee the choice of having the interview without representation or ending it immediately. If the employer denies the request for union representation and continues the meeting, the employee has the legal right to refuse to answer questions. However, it is a good idea to phrase the refusal in such a way that it can not be interpreted as insubordination; for example, by saying that you are willing to write down their questions and respond once you've spoken to a union representative. Employers sometimes assert that the steward's only function in these meetings is to observe the discussion (a "silent witness"), but this is not the case. The steward is also allowed to advise and assist the employee in presenting the facts. Once the steward arrives:

        * The employer must inform the steward of the subject of the interview (the type of misconduct being investigated);
        * The steward must be allowed to meet privately with the employee before questioning begins;
        * The steward may speak during the interview, but cannot insist that the interview be ended;
        * The steward may object to confusing questions and request for clarification (so that the employee understands what s/he is being asked);
        * The steward may advise the employee not to answer questions that are abusive, misleading, or harassing;
        * When the questioning ends, the steward can provide information to justify the employee's conduct.

    The employer is under no obligation to inform employees of their right to representation. You lose your Weingarten rights if you do not assert them.

    Link to the eZone - Local 328 online member resource. You can ask for a steward to assist you

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