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...

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