Ithaca, N.Y. — An Ithaca hotel has agreed to drop its “no gossip” policy after the Tompkins County Workers’ Center filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against the hotel with the National Labor Relations Board in March.

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The Ithaca Hampton Inn adopted a policy, which can be read below, that prohibits employees from talking among themselves “about things … they can do nothing about,” according to a news release Thursday from the workers’ center.

The policy was adopted in 2014 and was met by opposition among at least some hotel workers, according to the workers’ center.

“The TCWC agreed with employees that this policy had a chilling effect on employees’ willingness to talk among themselves about work-related issues, including pay, safety, hours of work and others,” the news release said. “Forbidding such talk among employees is illegal.”

Pete Meyers, of the workers’ center, said in an interview that the workers’ center has dropped the petition against the hotel as a result of its rescinding of the policy.

Here’s the policy in full, according to the workers’ center:

A phone call to the Hampton Inn was not immediately returned on Thursday, but we will provide updates to this story if it is.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.