UFCW Local 1500 filed a petition with the NLRB office in
Brooklyn, NY, alleging that NY grocery chain Stop & Shop's social-media
policy violates the National Labor Relations Act, reports Thomson
Reuters. The unions takes issue with the policy, which it alleges is
overbroad, impermissbily vague, and violates employees' Section 7 rights.
The policy was promulgated over the summer and, according
to the news report, prohibits employees from disclosing confidential
information, including salaries, on social-networking sites such as Twitter. It
is also prohibits employees from "discrediting" the store's practices
A union representing employees at a New York grocery
chain has asked federal labor regulators to investigate whether the store's new
social media policy is overbroad and violates workers' rights under the
National Labor Relations Act. Finally, the union takes issue with the store's
failure to negotiate the terms of the policy prior to its implementation.
The employer's spokesperson says tat the policy is meant
to serve as reasonable guidelines for employees' online conduct and that the
policy expressly provides that it will not be used to violate the NLRA.
Although the intent sounds "reasonable," the
NLRB is likely to take issue with the policy's prohibition on sharing pay
information, which has long been considered impermissible under the NLRA. We'll
see whether the store acts quickly enough and to the satisfaction of the union.
Love-Hate Relationship of Unions and Social Media
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