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‘Just In Case You Missed This:’ Trump's NLRB ‘Bans Bargaining’ For COVID-19 Safety As The Board ‘Takes Away Union Rights To Negotiate Safety Or Closures’

Published Monday, October 12, 2020
by Brian Young/UCOMM Blog
‘Just In Case You Missed This:’ Trump's NLRB ‘Bans Bargaining’ For COVID-19 Safety As The Board ‘Takes Away Union Rights To Negotiate Safety Or Closures’

(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.

In a series of five memos to its Regional Directors, the NLRB instructed them to dismiss various cases regarding COVID-19 related charges against employers.

The NLRB concluded an employer is not obligated to engage in mid-term bargaining regarding Union proposals for Paid Sick Leave and Hazard Pay because of the ongoing pandemic.

The NLRB also said 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.

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=IwAR3D0KWj7ubQv6Qhjd_QPm-J3uigHTZUUu5pRHG9qa5r-Mo9371P3RQPBWM

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