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Workplace Issues Today: NLRB allows employers to prohibit union messages on company email

In a 3-to-2 ruling released Friday, the National Labor Relations Board held that employers have the right to bar workers from sending union-related email using the company email system. Critics of the decision note that the Board’s ruling applies different standards to union-related messages than to organizational-related messages involving most other subjects, and diverges from previous rulings involving communication methods such as bulletin boards. (Please note this article was published December 23 – during our Winter Break.)

See “Labor Board Restricts Union Use of E-Mail,” by Steven Greenhouse, The New York Times, Jan 03 2008

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