Email at Work: Unions Await Key Ruling

By Melanie Trottman, The Wall Street Journal

Business groups are bracing for a ruling by federal regulators that could require employers to let workers use company email systems to communicate about ways to work together to improve wages and working conditions, potentially giving unions a powerful organizing tool.

NLRB Sidesteps Register-Guard; Still Orders New Elections in Purple Communications

By Patrick DePoy, JD Supra
Late last week, the NLRB issued its highly anticipated decision in Purple Communications, 21-CA-095151, which many NLRB observers believed would re-visit whether or not employers may prohibit their employees from using company equipment, especially e-mail, for non-business purposes. The Board saved that issue for another day, but its ruling still provides important lessons to employers.

CNN appeals adverse NLRB ruling on dismissed contract workers

By Erik Wemple, The Washington Post

A ruling of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) earlier this week ordered CNN to reinstate more than 100 unionized contract TV workers who lost their jobs in a 2003 restructuring of the 24-7 network — as well as to compensate hundreds of workers who lost pay as a result of the upheaval.

Revealed: The Labor Union That Runs The Media

By Cliff Kincaid, Western Journalism

One of the major speakers at last week’s “New Populism” conference was Larry Cohen, president of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), a labor union that represents online writers, reporters, editorial assistants, editorial artists, and correspondents at major news organizations.

National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Considers Allowing Employees to Use Employers’ Electronic Communications Systems for Protected Activity

The National Law Review

At the urging of the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel and the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO (“CWA”), the Board may be reconsidering whether workers should have a right to use employer e-mail and electronic communications systems during union organizing and other activities protected by federal labor law.