NLRB Successfully Defends Worker Online Speech

However, according to the article, there is still some grey area:

Chuck Cohen, a labor and employment lawyer and former NLRB member during the Clinton administration, said the case will have employers around the country re-examining their Internet policies...

Cohen warned that the case doesn't give employees free rein to discuss anything work-related on social media.

"The line can go over to disloyalty or disclosure of truly confidential information," Cohen said. "This is not without boundaries, but we just don't have a good sense yet of where the boundaries are."

So it's fifteen years into the Internet revolution and we're just now getting some case law to define what constitutes employee protected speech under the National Labor Relations Act? The wheels of justice may turn slowly but it's good to know the NRLA still has some teeth.

Unions may want to post this story prominently on discusstion boards and community sites that they have set up for workers to put them at ease and give them a sense of empowerment. Every little bit helps.