In Blow To Labor, Feds Restrict Union Use Of Email

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Steven Greenhouse New York Times

The National Labor Relations Board has ruled that employers have the right to prohibit workers from using the company's e-mail system to send out union-related messages, a decision that could hamper communications between labor unions and their membership.

In a 3-to-2 ruling released on Friday, the board held that it was legal for employers to prohibit union-related e-mail so long as employers had a policy barring employees from sending e-mail for "non-job-related solicitations" for outside organizations.

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