Union claims Oncor violated worker’s rights in row over ‘smart meter’ testimony

WESTLAW NEWS | Mon Apr 10, 2017 | 5:38pm EDT
Union claims Oncor violated worker’s rights in row over ‘smart meter’ testimony
By Robert Iafolla
An affiliate of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers has told a federal appeals court that an electrical utility company in Texas broke federal labor law by firing a worker for his testimony raising safety concerns about digital “smart meters” at a state legislative hearing.

The union urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in a brief filed Friday to affirm a National Labor Relations Board decision finding that former Oncor Electric Delivery Co employee Bobby Reed retained the protection of the National Labor Relations Act when he testified and that his firing for what he said about the meters was unlawful.

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