The Judicial Assault on Unions
Behind the recent appeals court ruling that has Republicans and big business elated.
January 31, 2013 |
It should come as no shock that Republicans in Congress would like to see the power of labor further diminished. The same is true of governors and state legislatures in red and purple states such as Wisconsin and Indiana. But now conservative courts have joined the fray.
Just this past week, the National Labor Relations Board was put in legal limbo ó with the possibility that more than 300 of its decisions over the last year could be nullified ó as a result of a federal appeals court in ruling in the nationís capital that President Obamaís recess appointments to the Board were invalid.
Among the decisions that could be vacated are three recent rulings in which the Board had assumed a powerful role in telling companies that they canít issue blanket prohibitions on what their employees say on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.
The Board said workers have a right to discuss work conditions freely and without fear of retribution, whether the discussion takes place at the office or on social media. ..................(more)