March 21, 2005
Blogging and Corporate Policy
Thoughts From a Management Lawyer has an excellent post (with many links) on Corporate blogging policies. This is becoming even more important as bloggers come under fire by their employers.
On another blog I wrote a short informal essay on the subject. You can see that post HERE.
cross posted on Cognitive Dissonance
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.
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.
December 05, 2004
Wal-Mart & Chinese Unions
Wal Mart recently agreed to recognize unions in China in those stores where a majority of employees expressed interested in joining. This is a first for Wal Mart and not everyone is viewing this as a positive development or signal that their anti-union stance is becoming more moderate. Harold Meyerson (Washington Post) writes:
"When America's largest employer feels more affinity for the political legacy of Mao Tze-tung than for that of Franklin D. Roosevelt, it's time to start democratizing our own back yard."
Wal-Mart continues to oppose and fight against their US and Canadian workers who choose to join unions. Recently workers at a Wal-Mart tire shop have voted to join the United Food and Commerical Workers Wal Mart has responded with a legal strategy of stalling and dragging out certifying the election results.
In February 2000 Meat Cutters at a Jacksonville Wal Mart voted to join the United Food and COmmerical workers union. 11 days after the vote Wal Mart announced they were closing all their meat cutting departments and switching to pre packaged goods exclusively.
Q. How far should a company be allowed to go in opposing the legal right of its workers to join a union and collectively bargain over wages and conditions of employment?
For more information on Wal Mart Law Professor Rafael Gely has an informative post on his Blog here.