What are your rights?

Under M.G.L. c.150E, you have the right to be a member of a labor union, and to engage in lawful, concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection, free from interference, restraint, or coercion.

One of your most important benefits are Weingarten Rights. You have the guaranteed right to union representation in any disciplinary meeting with management, or any investigatory meeting that could lead to discipline. You must ask for this representation.

Click here for more information about your Weingarten Rights.

You have many more rights as a public employee. Detailed information about your legal rights can be found here.


If you think your contractual rights are being violated, your first step should be to talk to your building representative or your coworkers. If that is happening, you can informally ask your administrator for a solution to the issue.

If that doesn’t work, you can file a grievance, and official claim alleging that your contractual rights are being violated. If you need to file a grievance, check Article 26 of the Unit A contract and work with your union representative.

In Case of Reduction In Force

If your your job is in jeopardy due to a Reduction in Force (RIF), there may be ways to remain employed. Read this guide and contact your union representative.