Jim Hendricks, a Chicago labor attorney who has represented employers against 300 union-organizing drives, said the NLRB keeps expanding the rights of employees to opine publicly about their employers through its interpretation of labor law.
He said he has begun to question whether having an employee handbook at all guiding worker conduct is a good idea, given how the NLRB is flyspecking the books. Hendricks is a partner with Litchfield Cavo.
Boch is a prominent auto dealer in the Northeast, with two Honda stores, two Toyota-Scion stores and a Ferrari and Maserati franchise. He also is Subaru's distributor for six New England states.
His cartoonish ads, guitar collection and rock musicianship have added to his fame. In 2011, Boch's band, Ernie and the Automatics, opened concert dates for the legendary British rock band Deep Purple.
Outside those concerts, workers from Boch Honda and other labor supporters picketed to raise awareness that Boch had not signed a contract with a new bargaining unit at the store.
The store never would. After mechanics narrowly voted in a union election to be represented by the Machinists union in November 2010, the store and union negotiated for months without arriving at a deal.
In June 2012, mechanics narrowly voted to decertify the union, in part because many union supporters in the initial organizing campaign had resigned from the store by then, Vartabedian said.