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NLRB: Firing for unprofessional tweet is legal

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An Arizona newspaper fired a crime reporter after he posted a series of unprofessional tweets on his work-related Twit­­­­ter account, including one asking, “No overnight homicides? WTF? You’re slacking Tucson.”

The reporter complained to the National Labor Relations Board, but the NLRB dismissed it. Reason: The reporter’s statements weren’t considered protected “concerted” activity because they didn’t relate to the conditions of his employment or seek to in­­volve co-workers in job-related issues. (Lee Enterprises, 28-CA-23267)

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