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Summarized Board Decisions

Component Bar Products, Inc. (14-CA-145064; 364 NLRB No. 140) O’Fallon, MO, November 8, 2016.

The Board found that an employee’s actions in calling a coworker to warn him that his job was in jeopardy and to try to help the coworker retain his employment were both “inherently concerted” and concerted under Meyers Industriesprinciples, and that the Respondent violated Section 8(a)(1) by discharging the employee for his protected concerted activity. The Board further found that the Respondent violated Section 8(a)(1) by informing the employee that he was discharged for his protected concerted activity and by so informing another employee. The Board also found that the Respondent violated Section 8(a)(1) by discharging the employee pursuant to an unlawful work rule. Further, in the absence of supporting argument for the Respondent’s exceptions, the Board found that the Respondent violated Section 8(a)(1) by applying two handbook rules to restrict the employee’s Section 7 activity. Finally, the Board found that the Respondent violated Section 8(a)(1) by maintaining unlawful handbook rules prohibiting insubordination or other disrespectful conduct and boisterous or disruptive activity in the workplace.

Member Miscimarra concurred in part and dissented in part. Regarding the allegations related to the discharged employee, Member Miscimarra disagreed with the majority’s finding that the employee engaged in inherently concerted activity. He agreed with the majority, however, that the employee engaged in concerted activity under Meyers Industriesand was unlawfully discharged for that activity. Member Miscimarra dissented from the majority’s finding that the Respondent violated Section 8(a)(1) by informing the employee that he was discharged for his protected concerted activity. In addition, Member Miscimarra found it unnecessary to pass on whether the employee was discharged pursuant to an unlawful work rule. Further, citing his dissent in William Beaumont Hospital, Member Miscimarra disagreed with the majority regarding the two work rules and stated that he would find them to be lawful.

Charge filed by an individual. Administrative Law Judge Charles J. Muhl issued his decision on August 7, 2015. Chairman Pearce and Members Miscimarra and McFerran participated.

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