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Old 05-31-2018, 05:45 AM   #1
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Can an employer legally fire somebody for talking at the lunchroom table at work about possible union activities or forming a union?

There is no union at the workplace currently--if that matters at all.
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Old 05-31-2018, 10:38 AM   #2
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More than likely illegal under the National Labor Relations Act:

https://www.nlrb.gov/rights-we-protect/employee-rights

You can contact the NLRB for more information.

I don't know if Ohio has similar laws but you can call up and ask:

https://www.ohio.gov/working/rights/
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Old 05-31-2018, 05:01 PM   #3
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I wish to inform you that in all other forms of private employment other than railroad, Ohio recognizes and will enforce union contracts calling for union shops (in which new hires must join the union within some specified period of time) and similar union security agreements. Further, some employers might use threats, intimidation, or retaliation to make workers afraid of losing their jobs if they support the union. These measures are illegal.

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In this regard you can contact the human resource department of the company to enquire the exact reason for termination. If you are fired for frivolous reasons you should contact an attorney to seek advice on filing a case for damages.
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If you are fired for frivolous reasons you should contact an attorney to seek advice on filing a case for damages.
Ohio is an employment "at will" state. In the absence of a bona fide employment contract that requires cause, or a collective bargaining agreement, or civil service job, employment can be terminated for no reason or any reason, even a frivolous reason (You didn't wear red socks today, your fired) as long as it doesn't violate any anti-discrimination laws.
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Talking about a union is not a protected class. If you are in a union and get fired, unless you are not doing your job, you should be fine. Even then the union should back you. Until a union is in place, it is best to only talk off premises until a vote agreement is in place.
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