EMPLOYER INTERFERENCE, RESTRAINT, COERCION, EMPLOYER CONDUCT AFFECTING ORGANIZING, UNION ACCESS; SOLICITATION, AND OTHER UNION RIGHTS – Display of Union Insignia
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401.07000 – Display of Union Insignia
The protected right to wear union buttons is not unlimited and is subject to reasonable regulation. If special circumstances exist, then the employer may be within its rights to limit or prohibit the wearing of buttons by employees; p. 4, proposed dec. Special circumstances justifying a prohibition of union buttons or insignia exist where buttons could jeopardize employee's safety; damaged machinery or products; exacerbate employee dissension; cause distraction from work demanding great concentration; disrupt the uniformity, discipline or appearance of neutrality among para-military law enforcement employees: or damage the image to the public by the employees coming into contact with the public in the absence of a protected purpose; pp. 18-19, proposed dec. Wearing of buttons not protected by first amendment. Wearing of buttons not protected by first amendment.