The Supreme Court has ruled that an employee is entitled to have a Union Representative present during and interview, which may result in his or her discipline.

There are several elements to this right:

1. You must request that a Union Representative be called into the meeting. In this capacity, the Union Representative is safeguarding not only your particular interest, but also the interest of the entire bargaining unit to make certain that the employer does not initiate or continue a practice of imposing discipline unjustly.

2. You must have a reasonable belief that discipline will result from the meeting.

3. You have the right to know the subject of the meeting. You also have the right to consult with your Union Representative prior to the meeting and to caucus during the meeting in order to seek advice and council.

4. You should not refuse to attend a meeting even if a steward is requested but denied. We suggest that you attend the meeting and repeatedly insist upon your right to have a union steward present. If this fails, then we suggest that you not answer the questions put to you in the interrogation.