THE SUPREME COURT: Limited Protection

Is disloyalty to an employer cause for firing? Yes, said the NLRB, mediating a 1949 case where union employees of the Charlotte, N.C. television station WBTV, in the midst of a labor dispute, had circulated handbills attacking the station's programs. The employees were fired—for just and sufficient cause, ruled the NLRB, because the handbills had nothing to do with the union issue. The U.S. court of appeals for the District of Columbia reversed the NLRB's decision, called the discharges unlawful under Taft-Hartley Act guarantees against firing for union activity. This week the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!