NLRB: Streetcar Operators’ Firing Lawful Following Violation of No-Cellphone-Use Policy

Operators of Washington, D.C. streetcars were union sympathizers, but it was their violation of the company’s no-cellphone-use, and not the fact that a union election was nearing, that got them fired.

So concluded investigators from the National Labor Relations Board.

Seven employees were fired for violating the policy. Two operators who damaged a streetcar while backing it up “failed to follow the proper procedure for moving a streetcar on the yard,” the NLRB found.

Even though both operators were union supporters, their representatives didn’t prove that their support was the reason for their firing, the board concluded.

This post was picked up by the Ohio Employer’s Law Blog weekly round-up of Dec. 18.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: