Saturday, January 15, 2005

Not getting enough done?

If you were wondering why you haven't been able to get as much work into a day this new year, this might be the explanation.

Speaking of time, for those staring at the clock, there is a Web site that makes watching the minutes tick by much more enjoyable: Killing time [Via CNET News.com's Missing Links]

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Fourth Circuit holds that employees cannot be forced to wear union logo

Yesterday in Lee v. NLRB, the Fourth Circuit held that a uniform logo policy of BellSouth and the Communication Workers of America union, requiring employees to wear both the BellSouth logo and the union logo, violates Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA or the Act), 29 U.S.C. § 157, in that it interferes with an employee’s right to refrain from concerted union activity.

While the Court assumed without deciding that a company may require the display of union insignia where its absence "unreasonably interferes with its established public image," the Court found that no such interference was presented here. The Court found no evidence that the display of the union insignia conveys BellSouth's intended message that "BellSouth is a unionized employer and, along with the CWA, enjoys a labor-management partnership, that is, a bargaining relationship characterized by cooperation, not conflict."

Taking what might be considered a potshot at the union, the Court quipped: "[i]n fact, rather than view the union logo as representing a labor-management partnership which makes labor disputes less likely and a reflection of a stable work environment, the public may view the union logo with suspicion and associate it with service disruptions and labor disputes[.]" Thus, the absence of the logo might even improve BellSouth's image.