The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

NLRB to Workers:
The Company Owns You

Aug 15, 2005

The NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) claims to be an impartial umpire in disputes between companies and workers. A recent amazing decision proves just how much it is merely a tool of the employers.

A security guard company was given the right to discipline workers who "fraternize"–that is, have any sort of contact with each other–after work.

Yes, AFTER work! This NLRB ruling is now a legal precedent. Any company may now legally forbid workers from seeing each other in any way, at any time, except during working hours.

This is not only a ruling to keep workers from doing things like organizing unions. This is a ruling which baldly declares that companies own their workers, body and soul, 24/7, with the U.S. government’s full approval and support.

If anyone still thinks this is a land of the free for working people, they can read the NLRB ruling and weep.

And then, organize.