March 06, 2005
On my personal blog I've posted an informal essay that I wrote last year about blogging and the workplace.
Today, CNN online has an article about bloggers who have been fired from their job as a result of their blogging. As the article states:
Annalee Newitz, a policy analyst at the civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation, said employees often "don't realize the First Amendment doesn't protect their job."
The First Amendment only restricts government control of speech. So private employers are free to fire at will in most states, as long as it's not discriminatory or in retaliation for whistle-blowing or union organizing, labor experts say.
January 02, 2005
Labor Board's Detractors See a Bias Against Workers
The Republican-dominated board has made it more difficult for temporary workers to unionize and for unions to obtain financial information from companies during contract talks. It has ruled that graduate students working as teaching assistants do not have the right to unionize at private universities, and it has given companies greater flexibility to use a powerful antiunion weapon - locking out workers - in labor disputes.
December 18, 2004
Labor under fire
Link: Labor under fire from The Boston Globe
Nearly six weeks after its efforts to unseat President Bush failed, the American labor movement is anxiously awaiting a federal decision that could seriously impede union organizing.
Labor's concerns revolve around card-check recognition, an organizing tool that lets unions form bargaining units after more than 50 percent of a workforce signs membership cards. As part of the process, employers agree to recognize the union. Card-check recognition is not new, but unions have used it more in recent years because they can sign up workers faster. It also helps them avoid time-consuming and costly union elections, labor specialists say.