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View Diary: UPDATE: Walker's Goons and Facebook Threats: You Signed a Petition, So We Know Where You Live! (318 comments)

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  •  I don't know what specifically you're referring to (4+ / 0-)

    I'm a federal employee. I'm not permitted to wear campaign buttons in the workplace. Period. As far as I know, buttons about Prop 8 (I live in CA) were likewise prohibited, as were buttons about non-partisan elections. Making inflammatory statements about candidates or on issues is strongly discouraged under the (quite reasonable) premise that they can disruptive. Even in a workplace like mine which is overwhelmingly Democratic and progressive, we simply do not discuss politics other than in the most general terms.

    I suspect most state and local employees, wherever they may be, are subject to similar restrictions on signs, buttons, and discussions. Civil servants, while certainly entitled to their own individual opinions, are reasonably expected to get along with their co-workers and with the people they serve.

    •  ...& shove it (3+ / 0-)
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      Bluefin, ruleoflaw, Evolutionary

      Politics has no place in the workplace. We are there to WORK. If someone I don't agree with spouts off is it fine if I argue back...or vice versa? I've been in situations where I couldn't stand the crap I was listening to & was really tempted to pop off. But someone must have complained to a supervisor & Mr Mouth started minding his own business. This was a job that sucked under the best circumstances. Why make it worse by spreading discord.

      •  Mr Natural! (3+ / 0-)
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        ruleoflaw, Evolutionary, rosarugosa

        My very first-ever computer-user moniker! Way back on the U of Illinois' PLATO system.

        Salute, brother.

      •  But the accusation is not something said at work (1+ / 0-)
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        Evolutionary

        but rather than an employer looked up his workers in the petition, and fired anyone whose names he found.

        The accusation is that punative action was taken for signing a petition.

        Minority rights should never be subject to majority vote.

        by lostboyjim on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 06:49:43 AM PST

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        •  I don't know how that works in Wisconsin, but (1+ / 0-)
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          sfbob

          that sort of action is definitely illegal here in Cali.

          And for the commenters above - it is true that you cannot wear political buttons, or t-shirts, or signs around your work area, etc.  Mr. Natural is correct.  Politics is not something you take to work with you (unless you work for a politician or a political campaign).  It's extremely divisive and bad for the workplace.

          #OccupyOMC - "We have a permit, its called The Constitution".

          by Evolutionary on Tue Jan 31, 2012 at 07:07:58 AM PST

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