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NLRB: Facebook criticism of union official is protected

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A Niagara Falls man has won back pay and other damages after filing an unfair labor practice complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against Laborers’ International Union of North America Local 91.

The worker took to Facebook to criticize the union’s business manager, claiming he had given preferential treatment to a Niagara Falls city council member running in the Democratic primary for mayor.

In response, the union member’s name was removed from the union’s work referral list for over a month.

The worker claimed his posts were protected activity under the National Labor Relations Act. An administrative law judge agreed—and after the union appealed, the NLRB also sided with the laborer.

The local will have to provide back pay plus interest.

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