Just when you hope the NLRB is showing balance between labor and business, we learn of a decision they rendered in a Connecticut dispute (that was overturned by the federal court). Our friends at Bennett Law Firm advised us this week that the DC Court of Appeals overturned the NLRB in a 5 year old dispute between the Communications Workers of America and AT&T. Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) provides that a company can ban inappropriate messages on clothing, but not stop employees from wearing union apparel. The union provided their employees with t-shirts stating “Inmate #” above a black box on the front and “Prisoner of AT$T” on the back. The company issued one-day suspensions to those wearing the shirts, an administrative judge ruled it union apparel and the NLRB upheld the ruling. AT&T challenged the decision in court and the DC Circuit Court of Appeals agreed that the shirts would harm the company and overturned the decision and the NLRB affirmation of it. It’s a shame that businesses have to continually appeal these decisions to the courts, but fortunate that they can!