NLRB Restores Employer Right to Restrict Employee Email Organizing

An employer’s email system is as much private property as its computer equipment or real estate. The National Labor Relations Board once again, if belatedly, has affirmed this fact. On December 16, the board in Caesars Entertainment voted 3-1 to reestablish the right of an employer to restrict employee use of company email and other information technology during nonworking hours. The ruling overturns the board’s Obama-era ruling in Purple Communications, which had concluded employees have a statutory right to use employer email for union purposes. Employer groups see the decision as vindication of property rights, free speech rights, and especially cyber security. Union officials and supporters, understandably, are taking a different view.

With email having become established at the workplace, it was inevitable that disputes would arise over its availability to promote unions. Employers generally hold that their email systems ought to be used for workplace issues that advance … Read More ➡

Treasurer for Ohio Painters Local Indicted for Embezzlement

On October 10, Shannon Pemberton, former treasurer of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 238, was indicted in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky for embezzling $6,403 in funds from the Cincinnati-based union. The alleged offenses occurred in neighboring Kentucky. The charge follows an investigation by the U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡

IUPAT Treasurer in Philadelphia Sentenced for Embezzlement

On August 15, Carl DeRenzis, former treasurer of International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local 1955, was sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to three years of probation, with the first six months to be served in a halfway house, and 50 hours of community service for embezzling funds from the Philadelphia-based union. He also was ordered to pay $15,701 in restitution and a $100 special assessment, having already paid restitution in the sum of $37,580. DeRenzis had pleaded guilty last October to stealing $53,281. The actions follow an investigation by the Labor Department’s Office of Labor-Management Standards.… Read More ➡