EMPLOYER INTERFERENCE, RESTRAINT, COERCION; DEFENSES – Free Speech
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409.06000 – Free Speech
Even though EERA contains no free speech language, Board holds that a public school employer is entitled "to express its views on employment related matters over which it has legitimate concerns;" the Board will balance propriety of speech with impact on employee who may be susceptable to coercion or intimidation. Letters about including part-time faculty in Faculty Association covered by free speech; pp. 18-25. Employer speech which contains a threat of reprisal or force of promise of benefit will lose protection and constitute strong evidence of unlawful conduct; p. 20.