Welcome to AFGE Local 1709

  Mon - Fri: 7:30 - 4:30

  Saturday & Sunday CLOSED

1268 Bay Road

Dover, Delaware 19901


 (302) 674-1458

Weingarten Rights

In 1975 the United States Supreme Court in the case of NLRB v. J. Weingarten, Inc. 420 U.S. 251 (1975) upheld a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decision that employees have a right to union representation at investigatory interviews These rights have become known as the Weingarten Rights.


During an investigatory interview, the Supreme Court ruled that the following rules apply:


  • Rule 1: The employee must make a clear request for union representation before or during the interview. The employee cannot be punished for making this request.


  • Rule 2: After the employee makes the request, the employer must choose from among three options:

grant the request and delay questioning until the union representative arrives and (prior to the interview continuing) the representative has a chance to consult privately with the employee;

deny the request and end the interview immediately; or

give the employee a clear choice between having the interview without representation, or ending the interview.


  • Rule 3: If the employer denies the request for union representation, and continues to ask questions, it commits an unfair labor practice and the employee has a right to refuse to answer. The employer may not discipline the employee for such a refusal.

What are conditions of Employment

Conditions of employment means personnel policies, practices, and matters, whether established by rule, regulation, or otherwise [e.g., by custom or practice], affecting working conditions, except that such term does not include policies, practices, and matters--(A) relating to political activities prohibited under subchapter III of chapter 73 of this title; (B) relating to the classification of any positions; or (C) to the extent such matters are specifically provided for by Federal statute.

What does the Union do for me

The union has a diversity of items we do for our members. Along with benefits, we also stand tall to fight issues that effect your daily work. We constantly deal with your pay, retirement benefits, work schedules, and more. We negotiate contracts that supervision must follow when supervising bargaining unit employee's. We meet with Senators and Congressmen on issues that effect us. These are just a few examples there are many more. Come see us and we can give the gamut of things we do to support federal employees.

How do I join AFGE Local 1709

To join the Union all you have to do is stop by and see us, we have a simple form to fill out and we take care of the rest. We will provide you with an introduction and resources for you to use to learn more about us. Dues is rather cheap compared to public unions. For our Appropriated folks it's $19.00 a pay period and for NAF employee's just $15.25 per pay period. There are many benefits for you and your family that makes up for that dues alone.

What are Labor Management and Sub Forums

Since the inception of the Labor Management Forums on Dover AFB, we have develped more of a working relationship with management. Most of the time, issues arise from communication gaps between individuals and we are here to help. If you don't feel comfortable talking with your supervisor, come and see us and we will help solve the issue.

Most individuals are afraid to speak to the union in fear of reprisal/retribution. Don't worry, that type of treatment is against the Law and we will pursue any action taken against federal employee's for mistreatment because you spoke to the union.  

Always feel free to contact a steward or officer. Please see our contact page for phone numbers and e-mail address. Of course your more than welcome to come visit us at our location.

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