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Should unions be allowed to use work email for organizing? Key NLRB ruling will decide

Should employees be able to use their employers’ email accounts and networks to fight for union rights? That is the question posed to the National Labor Relations Board, a group of five federal regulators who oversee union elections and workplace disputes.

Despite a 2007 ruling in favor of employers’ right to limit email use by employees, the board is looking at the issue in a new light. Part of this is attributable to the change in the board’s makeup, all of whom have been picked by President Obama. Another part stems from the 2012 failure to organize a union at a Rocklin, California company that provides interpreting services for the deaf and hard of hearing, and the subsequent case filing with the NLRB.

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