Asking for Representation
What are reasons a member may ask for representation?
Plan of Assistance
Interview of employee
Non-renewal of contract
Letter of Concern
Letter of Directive
Any item placed in personnel file that is negative and could lead to discipline
Anything else that can lead to discipline at a later date
Why have a union representative with me?
Another witness to process
Deescalate situation with employee or coworker
District and Association can work together to solve issues
It's the law
Who can be a representative?
A Building Rep
Association Executive Member
Any person the member requests (depending on contract)
What if there isn't a representative present, or member representative request is denied?
Unfair Labor Practice
Discipline of educator will not be upheld (letter, reprimand, etc)
Member will be directed to listen, and not speak or respond
What can the representative do in the meeting?
to be informed about the subject matter of the meeting
to consult privately with the employee before the meeting
to speak and be proactive during the interview, as long as doing so does not interfere with, or disrupt, the meeting
to advise and counsel the employee
to provide additional information to the employer at the end of questioning
to bear witness to the proceedings, take notes, etc.