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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jul-30-05 12:41 PM
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Employers can ban off-duty workers from all fraternization
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It is a regular pastime for co-workers to chat during a coffee break, at a union hall, or over a beer about workplace issues, good grilling recipes, and celebrity gossip. Yet a recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) allows employers to ban off-duty fraternizing among co-workers, severely weakening the rights of free association and speech, and violating basic standards of privacy for America's workers.

So how did the NLRB decide to weaken fundamental workplace protections? Security firm Guardsmark instituted a rule directing employees not to "fraternize on duty or off duty, date, or become overly friendly with the client's employees or with co-employees." In September 2003, the Service Employees International Union filed unfair labor practice charges with the NLRB against Guardsmark, claiming that the company's work rules inhibited its employees' Section 7 rights.

Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act grants workers the right to "self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizationsand to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection..." While the law allows employers to ban association among co-workers during work hours, Guardsmark's rule was broader in that it applied to the off-duty association of co-workers.
While there are reasons for employers to ban dating among co-workers (namely to prevent sexual harassment), prohibiting off-duty fraternization is something quite different. Such a ban inevitably chills collective action of any sortbe it on a purely social basis or related to employees discussing whether to form a union or not.
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  -Employers can ban off-duty workers from all fraternization Rose Siding  Jul-30-05 12:41 PM   #0 
  - The more Bush acts like God the more his Minions folow suit...  sam sarrha   Jul-30-05 12:44 PM   #1 
  - Best way to kill this kind of thing....  Liberal Veteran   Jul-30-05 12:44 PM   #2 
  - I like the way you think!!!!! n/t  converted_democrat   Jul-30-05 01:38 PM   #9 
  - I like it, too!!  Gay Green   Jul-30-05 02:16 PM   # 
  - We use to have Union meetings in the basement of a church...  B Calm   Jul-31-05 06:54 AM   #32 
  - What an excellent idea!  theHandpuppet   Jul-31-05 07:48 AM   #39 
  - What?? I can't believe this!  smirkymonkey   Jul-30-05 01:21 PM   #3 
  - Very alarming. Means an employer gets to screen the pals you choose  havocmom   Jul-30-05 01:32 PM   #6 
  - Paving the way for the revolution....  smirkymonkey   Jul-30-05 01:37 PM   #8 
     - Let's just say powder is dry  havocmom   Jul-30-05 02:29 PM   #18 
  - If the corporations own the media outlets  AuntieM1957   Jul-30-05 08:23 PM   #24 
  - How can something like this possibly be enforced?  No Surrender   Jul-30-05 01:27 PM   #4 
  - I hope the ACLU is all over this crap  annabanana   Jul-30-05 01:32 PM   #5 
  - More and more legislating litigation; soon there won't be courts for ACLU  havocmom   Jul-30-05 01:35 PM   #7 
  - there already aren't, that's what the Federalist Society is for  wli   Jul-30-05 02:58 PM   #20 
  - yeah, how does this work in a company town?  fortyfeetunder   Jul-30-05 03:06 PM   #22 
  - Things like this are why groups like the ACLU  Pushed To The Left   Jul-31-05 06:58 AM   #33 
  - I'm extremely lucky  Simply Fugue   Jul-30-05 01:43 PM   #10 
  - Me too - what would we do without our occasional happy hours together?  meganmonkey   Jul-30-05 02:32 PM   #19 
  - The Corporations wants us to be like Prison Inmates  dogday   Jul-30-05 01:45 PM   #11 
  - return of the 'company store' nt  Viva_La_Revolution   Jul-30-05 01:57 PM   #14 
  - the shackles and stun belts will come out soon enough  wli   Jul-30-05 03:04 PM   #21 
  - Many businesses forbid dating, even the Military forbids  napi21   Jul-30-05 01:46 PM   #12 
  - Guardsmark doesn't pay enough to demand jack shit from ...  Pepperbelly   Jul-31-05 08:11 AM   #40 
  - This is unconstitutional.  screembloodymurder   Jul-30-05 01:49 PM   #13 
  - Does this mean I can't carpool?  Nobody   Jul-30-05 02:01 PM   #15 
  - Carpooling would hurt oil company profits.  troubleinwinter   Jul-30-05 04:48 PM   #23 
  - Silly Americans  Mich Otter   Jul-30-05 02:16 PM   #16 
  - It's great to live in a free country.  brokensymmetry   Jul-30-05 02:18 PM   #17 
  - How would that work in a small town  gollygee   Jul-30-05 08:39 PM   #25 
  - Wtf?  DanCa   Jul-30-05 08:42 PM   #26 
  - I am glad I read the whole article  dsc   Jul-30-05 08:49 PM   #27 
  - Do you have a link to where you read the whole thing? Thanks.n/t  niallmac   Jul-31-05 12:04 AM   #28 
  - In the OP  dsc   Jul-31-05 06:39 AM   #31 
  - I also read the article and it does NOT get any better.  neweurope   Jul-31-05 07:37 AM   #36 
     - self delete  neweurope   Jul-31-05 07:42 AM   #37 
     - what is to stop us from informing them of their rights?  dsc   Aug-01-05 09:30 AM   #44 
  - puts a crimp in unionization, eh?  leftofthedial   Jul-31-05 12:08 AM   #29 
  - This is All Still Only the Beginning...  Hidden Stillness   Jul-31-05 12:47 AM   #30 
  - This should be a campaign issue  Pushed To The Left   Jul-31-05 07:02 AM   #34 
  - Thats why I'm against drug tests at work! Employers have a right  B Calm   Jul-31-05 07:07 AM   #35 
  - Several DUers argue logically here - for instance  neweurope   Jul-31-05 07:43 AM   #38 
  - Been there...  BedRock   Jul-31-05 08:11 AM   #41 
  - I'm more fortunate than many it appears  sonoradesertdem   Jul-31-05 08:17 AM   #42 
  - The National Labor Relations Board under Bush is very pro-employer  wishlist   Jul-31-05 09:10 AM   #43 
  - Micro managing control freaks in these corporations are out of control!  AgadorSparticus   Aug-01-05 09:42 AM   #45 

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