NLRB Steps into Fight Over Facebook Firing

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

An employee at Connecticut company American Medical Response criticized her boss on Facebook off the clock, and was later fired. It's surely not the first time an employee may have been disciplined or terminated for their status updates on social media, but it is the first time the National Labor Relations Board has stepped into a case like it. The NLRB is saying American Medical Response fired the employee illegally. New York Times labor and workplace reporter Steven Greenhouse joins us for more on the story. 

 

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Steven Greenhouse

Comments [1]

Dr. Glenn Saperstein from Commerce, Michigan

I have been board certified in Emergency Medicine for over a decade. I can tell you that from the beginning, when I first read a book entitled, "The Rape of Emergency Medicine" , that I have been motivated by the serious chasm existing between labor (the doctors) and management, particular to this field of medicine.

I have mainly supported a universal payer model because of this. I would rather see the gigantic profits, that are pilfered by large group ownership, go back into the public coffer, than fund another vacation or Bentley for a few fat cat group owners.

However, I have always thought that, much like police or firefighters, collective bargaining would be illegal; that is until I was watching "Meet The Press" just now and learned otherwise.

When will someone take a look at this particular field of Medicine and realize that something has to be done?

Sincerely,

Dr. Glenn Scott Saperstein

p.s.- I'm quite sure that this is not particular to any one group, such as the one that I currently work for.

Mar. 01 2011 01:48 PM

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