Call the Member Resource Center for help in solving your workplace issue.
In Pennsylvania: 1-800-252-3894
Out of state: 412-222-9514
Monday: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Tuesday – Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Issues at work can be complex, so always feel free to call us at the Member Resource Center to walk through your specific situation. We help you find the best path forward in solving your problem and talk through what the best decision for your union is.
Psst…While the Member Resource Center is specialized in answering your workplace questions, don’t forget you can also visit your delegate at work for information and help.
We help you resolve workplace issues and questions, especially when you don’t know who to ask for help!
We’re here to help you! Give us a call with any of your questions.
The first thing to do is stay in touch with your manager or supervisor. Investigations are a normal process that employers conduct. Please feel free to call us at the Member Resource Center to keep us up to date and if you need help preparing for the investigation.
If you get disciplined, talk to your delegate. Next, call us so we can review the discipline and advise on your ability to file a grievance.
Unlike a disciplinary meeting or a grievance meeting, an investigation meeting is a time when the employer is invoking their privilege to investigate an alleged violation of policy. This includes asking you questions about knowing details of what your coworkers or yourself did.
Yes, but we do not advise you to do so. When you are asked to sign disciplinary paperwork, you are signing to acknowledge you were present in this meeting and received the paperwork. 99% of the time you are asked to sign, you are not admitting fault and will not lose your right to file a grievance.
Whether or not the disciplinary paperwork includes a section for writing a comment, you should feel free to do so. If you would like to show you will challenge this discipline, sign your name and add this comment: “By signing this, I am not admitting fault and plan to file a grievance on this matter.”
By refusing to sign a discipline, you may appear insubordinate and may risk further disciplinary action by your supervisor.
The only thing you can do that will challenge this discipline is filing a grievance—not NOT signing. We will help you file grievances.
Talk to your delegate immediately. Then with your delegate, call us at the Member Resource Center to review the event in question and decide together the best course of action.
The first thing you should do is ask your supervisor: “Am I being questioned for me or someone else breaking rules?” If the answer is YES, invoke your Weingarten Rights which grants you the right to bring any coworker who is available with you to the questioning. We recommend you bring your delegate.
If you are being called into a disciplinary meeting, let your supervisor know you would like to bring a delegate or coworker. Whether you have the right to depends on what is in your contract. Call us at the Member Resource Center to clarify if you have the right to bring a delegate or coworker to this meeting.
You have Weingarten Rights in the case of investigatory meetings. This means any worker who is investigated for alleged violations for something they or other coworkers have been accused of is legally allowed to bring any coworker who is available. We recommend you bring your delegate.
This all depends on a number of factors, including your union contract, the employer’s policy, and the circumstances of the situation. We recommend you discuss this specific situation with your delegate and call us at the Member Resource Center so we can help sort through it together.
With your delegate and the Member Resource Center, first review what your contract says about mandatory overtime. The consequence of refusing mandatory overtime is that you may be fired.
You have the right to file a complaint and lodge an objection in writing on the spot. You should file an Act 102 complaint with the state using this form. Take note to include the time, date, the conversation had, and the names of witnesses to the conversation. Make a copy of the schedule and previous schedules so you can forward these to the PA Dept. of Labor and Industry.
In the moment of being told you’re being mandated, ask these series of questions:
Do NOT sign any papers stating that you are volunteering or waiving any rights to object to the mandation either through a grievance procedure or with the State. If you are forced to sign some form, you can always write: “I am signing this to acknowledge receipt of this form, but am not volunteering to be mandated, and do not waive my right to formally object now or at a later date.”
Most likely not, however, you may qualify for FMLA, or short or long-term disability that may be available to you through your employer’s policy and/or your union contract. Please talk to your delegate and give us a call at the Member Resource Center!
This depends on a number of factors, such as the employer’s policy, whether there is available work to be done, and your doctor’s recommendations. Since it’s a complicated matter, we recommend you discuss it with your delegate and call us at the Member Resource Center.
This is also a complicated matter, and depends on a number of factors that need to be weighed out. We recommend you discuss it with your delegate and call us at the Member Resource Center.
The Training and Education Fund is a comprehensive package of education benefits that can be bargained into Long-Term Care SEIU HCPA Union contracts. We fill gaps in the healthcare training system by creating and delivering engaging, innovative, and tailored educational strategies. We’ve helped dozens of employers and thousands of workers across Pennsylvania improve care, upgrade skills, and reach their goals.
You can get together with your delegate and the Member Resource Center to first review your contract and the law. Then, together we can help you decide the best course of action in holding your employer accountable.
The Training and Education fund offers a Union Education benefit to our members who have this fund bargained into their SEIU HCPA Union contract. This benefit is the most flexible program of its kind. Members receive up to $5,000 in tuition per calendar year to pursue any educational program of their choice. Talk to your Union Representative if you would like to see the Training and Education Fund bargained into your union contract.
Check-in with your chapter president or delegate(s)!
Feel free to give us a call at the Member Resource Center: 1-800-252-3894.