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Washington Captain Wins First Amendment Reprieve

The Washington State Supreme Court has reinstated a lawsuit filed by a Spokane Valley fire captain who was terminated because he refused to stop emailing and posting religiously-themed posts over the fire department’s online system. The ruling reversed decisions that upheld the 2012 termination of Captain Jon Sprague from the Spokane Valley Fire Department.

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Use of Fire Department Email for Union Communications

Today’s burning question: Can my fire department prohibit me from sending a union related email to coworkers using the fire department’s email system? Answer: If your fire department is in a state that tends to follow the National Labor Relations Board, probably not!

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