Teacher Rights and Responsibilities
In this ever changing profession, it is so important to know your rights and how to get help when you need it. We are here for you!
Know Your Rights!
The right of an employee to have union representation at investigatory interviews was announced by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 1975 case (NLRB vs. Weingarten, Inc. 420 U.S. 251, 88 LRRM 2689). These rights have become known as the Weingarten rights.
You have a right to have union representation present in any meeting with administrators that you feel may be investigatory or could result in discipline. This representative doesn't have to be an officer, it can be your building rep or in some cases, any union member you choose.
If you are ever in a meeting and you feel uncomfortable say, "I need to postpone this meeting until I can have a representative present.
Employers violate the National Labor Relations Agreement if they proceed with an investigatory interview or disciplinary meeting while refusing an employee's request or retaliate against them for making the request.
Personnel file review
Nothing should ever be put in your personnel file without your permission. You have the right to inspect the personnel file at your convenience. Talk to a building rep about how to protect your personnel file and your reputation!
CT Statute Sec. 10-151a. states:
Access of teacher to supervisory records and reports in personnel file. Each professional employee certified by the State Board of Education and employed by any local or regional board of education shall be entitled to knowledge of, access to, and, upon request, a copy of supervisory records and reports of competence, personal character and efficiency maintained in such employee's personnel file with reference to evaluation of performance as a professional employee of such board of education.
Working Outside of Contractual Hours
If your principal tor supervisor tells you to work outside of your contractual work hours, you have the right to say no or ask for compensation. If your admin agrees to compensate you, get it in writing before agreeing to do the work or attend the meeting. Use a district time sheet to fill in your hours with an admin signature on it! Reach out to your building rep when in doubt about what to do or support in how to say no. .