Judge: Quicken, other Dan Gilbert companies violate Labor Relations Act


CHRISTIAN HE REMAINS BEHIND BARS. Devin: IN MANY WORK PLACES, IT’S COMMON TO SEE A POSTER THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS, AND SPELLS OUT WHAT AN EMPLOYEE’S RIGHTS ARE. A JUDGE HAS DECIDED QUICKEN LOANS AND OTHER COMPANIES OWNED BY DAN GILBERT ARE IN VIOLATION. OUR GUY GORDON EXPLAINS WHY AND WHAT MAY HAVE TO CHANGE. Guy: PERHAPS YOU HAVE A COMPANY HANDBOOK WHERE YOU WORK. THE JUDGE TAKES ISSUES WITH THE “BIG BOOK.” AND A CEASE AND DESIST ORDER CALLING IT COMPANY BROUGHT. THEY SAY IT’S PRIVATE INFORMATION AND TO ESTABLISH APPROPRIATE WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR. BUT THE NLRB SAYS IT COULD PUNISH OR SILENCE WORKERS THAT ARE TRYING TO FORM A UNION. THE NLRB TAKES ISSUE WITH INSTRUCTIONS LIKE THIS ONE. FOR ONLINE CONDUCT, IF IT DOESN’T BELONG ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES, DON’T PUT IT ONLINE. FOR COMPANY E-MAILS, USED SOLELY FOR THE COMPANY’S BUSINESS PURPOSES. THE NLRB TAKES ISSUE WITH THE COMPANY’S DEFINITION OF CONFIDENTIAL. THAT IT’S TOO BROAD AND VAGUE. THIS RULING STRIKES A BALANCE AND OFFERS EMPLOYEES PROTECTION. IT GIVES THEM GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO BE ABLE TO SAY THINGS ABOUT THE COMPANY AND COMMUNICATE AMONG THEMSELVES ABOUT THE COMPANY AND COMMUNICATE TO THE OUTSIDE AUDIENCE AND TO REPORT THINGS. Guy: THE PORTIONS OF THE HANDBOOK THAT PREVENT THEM FROM POSTING THINGS IN THEIR WORKPLACE SAYING… ITS . Guy: WHILE THE COMPANY IS DEFENDING THE HANDBOOK, IT DID STOP USING IT BACK IN DECEMBER AND SENT OUT A MEMO TO EMPLOYEES TELLING THEM TO IGNORE IT IF THEY HAVE IT. NEVERTHELESS, THE COMPANY DOES INTEND TO CHALLENGE THIS RULING IN COURT. FROM DOWNTOWN DETROIT, I’M GUY GORDON, LOCAL 4. Devin: IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO LOOK IT OVER, WE’LL HAVE THE JUDGE’S RULING AND ALSO THE

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