Police Union Head Not Protected by First Amendment

By Jon Steingart, Bloomberg BNA

A Washington, D.C., police officer who was also chair of the union wasn’t protected by either the First Amendment or the city’s whistle-blower law when he was suspended for three days for providing reporters with a recording of radio communications during an emergency response incident, a federal appeals court ruled Aug. 4.

Car Dealer Violated NLRA by Scrapping Mechanics Union

By Kevin McGowan, Bloomberg BNA

An Illinois car dealer violated the National Labor Relations Act by failing to engage in effects bargaining and withdrawing recognition of a union representing six mechanics when it closed the dealership where the mechanics worked and moved them to a nonunion facility, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Aug. 4.

NLRB Backs Up Dishonest Employee

By Marlisse Silver Sweeney, Corporate Counsel

Good news, Pinocchio: the National Labor Relations Board has sanctioned lying, at least in certain circumstances. According to John Hauge of Felhaber Larson, a recent NLRB decision demonstrates that sometimes workplace dishonesty is OK.

How Unions, Districts Hold Back Michigan’s Best Teachers

By Tom Gantert, Michigan Capitol Confidential

Every year the teachers union local at the Birmingham school district requests nominations for its “Teacher of the Year” award. Yet the district itself did not designate a single one of its 624 teachers as “highly effective” in its 2013-14 staff evaluations, the most recent released by the state.