Trump's NLRB ‘Bans Bargaining’ For COVID-19 Safety - Board ‘Also Takes Away Union Rights To Negotiate Safety Or Closures’ - In Addition, NLRB Draws A Line With ‘Polite’ Picket Lines, ‘Civil’ Social Media & ‘Courteous’ Complaining
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has released a series of decisions regarding COVID-19 - the first guidance the NLRB has given since the Coronavirus Pandemic started in March, according to UCOMM Blog.
In a series of five memos to their Regional Directors, the NLRB instructed them to dismiss various cases regarding COVID-19 related charges against employers.
The NLRB concluded that an employer is not obligated to engage in mid-term bargaining regarding Union proposals for Paid Sick Leave and Hazard Pay because of the on-going pandemic.
They also said that an employer does not have to bargain about a temporary closure.
In regards to Workers speaking up about a dangerous situation on the job, the NLRB has decided that an individual speaking out about a company's COVID Safety Procedure is not protected speech.
This means that they can be fired by their employer.
This guidance came after a case was filed by a Nurse who was fired after for refusing to work at a nursing home that was requiring Workers to share isolation gowns.
While this decision is not unexpected by the NLRB, it does give employers much more freedom into unilaterally creating work standards during COVID-19.
And this gives employers significantly more latitude for forcing Workers into possibly dangerous workplace situations as COVID-19 continues to rage across the United States.
To Directly Access This Labor News Story, Go To: https://ucommblog.com/section/safety/trumps-nlrb-bans-bargaining-covid-19-safety?fbclid=IwAR0WC1Ogcbcsde159r7jCrRl9p1iXER0nGpJlMrDEX2Mluis0HwF1k6CSqc
And For More, Read The National Law Review’s Labor News Story, Headlined: NLRB ‘Draws A Line’ - ‘Polite’ Picket Lines, ‘Civil’ Social Media & ‘Courteous’ Complaining At www.natlawreview.com/article/nlrb-draws-line-polite-picket-lines-civil-social-media-and-courteous-complaining?fbclid=IwAR3DDLIIuH4hOV8YLrZDpshYhxmFDt_D7nZkoa3xylbFuEDdiA7tdcFfZVA