Thursday, May 9, 2013
- ENDA is back. Senators Merkely (D) and Kirk (R) have introduced it in the Senate. I'm not holding my breath on seeing it passed, but it'll be interesting to see what happens given the changing landscape on this issue. And, honestly, it's just a matter of time at this point.
- Another NLRB Facebook case, with a twist. The employer had a conspiracy defense, alleging that the employees intentionally made concerted and protected postings to entrap the employer into firing them. The Board quoted with approval the ALJ's use of the description "nonsensical." Another twist is that the charging party asked for the employer to be ordered to buy copies of a California workers' rights book mentioned in a Facebook posting and give it schools and libraries. That too was rejected.
- Georgetown University adjunts have voted to unionize as part of the SEIU. The downside of moving to more adjuncts: they're definitely not management and while tenure/tenure-track faculty may not always get sympathy, adjuncts usually have plenty of valid grievances.
Hat Tips: Brian Clarke & Michael Duff