September 6, 2011; Source: WGRZ-TV | On September 2, an administrative law judge at the National Labor Relations Board ordered that Hispanics United must rehire five workers fired for sounding off about their employer on Facebook. NPQ reported about this case in an article, “Facebook Firings and the Labor Relations Board: What Nonprofits Need to Know,” by Aaron Lester on June 15. Judge Amchan found that the Facebook discussion between the five workers was protected under section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act. This is the first ruling of its kind, providing some guidance to the growing number of cases filed with the NLRB of late.—Ruth McCambridge
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Ruth is Editor in Chief of the Nonprofit Quarterly. Her background includes forty-five years of experience in nonprofits, primarily in organizations that mix grassroots community work with policy change. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ruth spent a decade at the Boston Foundation, developing and implementing capacity building programs and advocating for grantmaking attention to constituent involvement.