NLRB Presses On with Duquesne Union Election: Bill Schackner of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the NLRB denied Duquesne University a religious exemption it sought regarding the NLRB’s jurisdiction over it. The university cited a 1979 Supreme Court case in support of its position, but the Board noted that in 1982 the NLRB asserted jurisdiction over Duquesne with respect to other campus unions and Duquesne never challenged the NLRB’s jurisdiction.

“Micro Unionization” Upsets Employers: Angelo Young of the International Business Times writes that all types of employers are facing:

“micro-unions,” groups of employees who organize apart from the rest of a company’s workforce.

In response to employer criticisms, union supporters say:

workers inside a company have differing interests, wages, benefits and duties, and that it is the purvey of the NRLB — not a  federal or state legislature — to determine if workers fit a so-called appropriate negotiating unit inside a company.

“Loosening the online muzzle on journalists”: Edward Wasserman of The Modesto Bee has a piece on the restrictions media employers often put on their journalists’ use of social media and the effects of recent NLRB decisions regarding those rules.

Surprisingly, punishing journalists for infelicitous Twitter or Facebook postings has drawn little protest. That’s largely, I think, because newsroom ethics continue to be defined mainly by news bosses, and they’re thought to be within their rights in banning activity that rattles their brands or bruises their institutional vanity – even when it’s also spicy and provocative and truthful.

Ironically, the one area where journalists do seem to have free-speech protections online is when they are posting about their own employers. Here, reporters seem to have actual legal safeguards to say what they like, safeguards they don’t have when it comes to wider-ranging commentary.

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