N.J. Police sergeant’s ‘obscene’ comments in e-mail warrant suspension

Nov 15, 2016 By: Virginia Kretschman

In many states, public employment statutes protect the right of workers to protest working conditions and other terms and conditions of employment, but may lose such protection under certain circumstances.

Employee observers can’t ‘tag along’ with union negotiators for bargaining sessions

Oct 10, 2016 By: Virginia Kretschman

Does California law permit employee observers to attend bargaining sessions between union and employer negotiators?

Florida limits employer’s funding of union recruiting-and-representation time

Jul 27, 2016 By: Virginia Kretschman

Does a public employer’s grant of union “release time” constitute providing improper financial or administrative support to the union?

`Waiting for Superman’ film impacts union decertification vote

Apr 18, 2016 By: Virginia Kretschman

When a public employer repeatedly reminds employees of its hostility toward a union, should those employees be permitted to get rid of or decertify the union?

Do public employee unions have unlimited authority to discipline their members?

Nov 25, 2015 By: Virginia Kretschman

That’s the question posed in a recent decision by the New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division. In general, most state labor relations

California union wins right to use employer’s e-mail system for union business

Jul 17, 2015 By: Virginia Kretschman

In 2013, the Los Angeles teachers union asked the city’s Unified School District for permission to transmit union messages through the district’s

Can a public employer direct employees to ‘zip their lips’?

May 6, 2015 By: Virginia Kretschman

A public employer disciplines or terminates an errant employee — then orders the employee to refrain from discussing disciplinary issues with co-workers,

Can public employees wear union logos on their uniforms?

Dec 30, 2014 By: Virginia Kretschman

Some government employers forbid the display of union insignia, logos or buttons on uniforms or clothing worn by public safety employees or other types of workers

Public employers grapple with legal issues surrounding video surveillance of employees

Aug 1, 2014 By: Virginia Kretschman

Must a public employer negotiate with the union before installing overt or covert cameras, or before using footage from those cameras to discipline employees?

State appeals court says Michigan county can’t chop employee work hours to save money

Mar 12, 2014 By: Virginia Kretschman

May a Michigan county cut employee work hours in order to cut the budget? The state Court of Appeals said no, in Wayne County v. AFSCME Council 25

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