What is the proper response from the company when two employees express their anger at the CEO when they receive bonus checks by returning the checks, voiding them, and writing, “kiss my a– Bob,” and “eat sh– Bob” on the checks? According to the National Labor Relations Board, firing them is improper.
After returning the checks, the employees posted pictures of the checks on a private Facebook page. Other employees followed suit by also voiding their checks and posting them to the Facebook page. However, only the first two employees wrote profanities on their checks. Not very long following this incident, both employees were fired. They filed grievances shortly thereafter with the NLRB.
The NLRB reinstated the employment of the two West Virginia coal miners. After their union voted against bonuses based on productivity, the coal mine management decided to implement the bonus program anyway. Apparently the two miners were unimpressed with the company’s generosity.
The NLRB judge who presided over the case found that the two miners had been wrongly discharged and that the words on the checks, “while profane and offensive, were nevertheless expressions of protest and outrage over what those employees viewed as implementation of a plan that would adversely affect their safety conditions and which constituted what the employees believed was a surprising violation of the terms of the collective-bargaining agreement.” Continue reading Cussing Out the CEO