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OK to ban the use of your e-Mail system for union organizing

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Employers with unionized work forces, take note: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has made it more difficult for union organizers and members to use your e-mail system for union business—if you adopt the right electronic communications policies.

The key is to ban the use of the e-mail system for all nonbusiness communications.

E-mail = company equipment

For over a decade, the NLRB has left employers in the dark about whether employees who seek to organize unions have the right to use employers’ e-mail systems to advance their organizing agendas. However, the board has consistently found that employees have no right under federal labor law to use the employer’s business equipment—bulletin boards, telephones, copy machines, public address systems and televisions—to conduct union-organizing activities.

In The Guard Publishing Co. (351 NLRB No. 70), the NLRB applied this concept to an employer’s e-mail sy...(register to read more)

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