Wait. Don’t comment

When your administrator pressures you to quickly provide a written or verbal statement about an incident that you witnessed or were involved in, stop, think and call CEA. Do not be insubordinate, but do let your administrator know that you have the right to representation before making any statements. A number of our members have needlessly incriminated themselves because of statements they provided to their administrators.

If you get called into a meeting with your principal or supervisor for an unspecified reason, it is your right under the law (NLRB v. Weingarten) to:

Ask the principal or supervisor to clarify the reason for the meeting. Don’t refuse to attend, but ask why.

Get representation. If the meeting becomes disciplinary in nature, you are entitled to call CEA, even if your principal says you shouldn’t or can’t.

Set the meeting at a time when your representative can attend. The administrator is obligated to do so.

Take up to five school days to schedule the meeting to make sure your representative can be there.

You have the right to the representative of your choice, not your principal’s choice. You can be represented by your FR or by a staff member from the CEA office. Faculty representatives do not have to participate in hearings if they don’t feel comfortable doing this kind of work.

CEA suggests representation any time the purpose of the meeting is for one of the following situations:

• Any type of disciplinary action

• Investigation meeting

• Reprimand

• Infraction of a work rule or board policy

• Questions concerning request or use of sick or personal leave

• Allegations of abuse

• Parental, student or community complaint

For more information about professional behavior, read Article 404 of the Master Agreement.