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JavaScript package registry and aspiring enterprise service NPM Inc is planning to fight union-busting complaints brought to America's labor watchdog by fired staffers, rather than settle the claims. A National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hearing has been scheduled next month at the agency's office in Oakland, California. The …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Those aren't business secrets

    Unionizing or not, threatening employees to never speak of their salary, working conditions, or work opinions will get a company in a lot of trouble. Not just legal trouble, but your public image will be as good dead to the rest of Silicon Valley. It's not something that a company should do if it's offering a service that can be replicated by anybody with very little investment.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Those aren't business secrets


      Npm the next source forge anyone?

      I mean all it would take is for github to make it a tick box exercise to publish a release when tagged so it's even simpler than it currently is and Npm is dead especially if say github make it a multicast publication to all the popular (cool) repos and by the time that happens node will be remembered like the great Ruby on rails hype of '08...

      1. Benny

        Re: Those aren't business secrets

        You mean like this?

    2. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

      Re: Those aren't business secrets

      If you forbid your employees ever to talk about problems in their employment, then how would anyone else find out? (Reads the story again) Ah.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      your public image will be as good dead to the rest of Silicon Valley

      Amazon will pay top dollar for the secret of union busting, as will Google (Apple already know it)

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "conflicts represent the natural order of the open source world"

    And apparently you handle them very badly in your own company.

    But hey, it's nice to know that you have such an open mind about the other companies that are sprouting up due to your incompetent handling of your staff.

    Not that you have much of a choice anyway.

  3. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    "how to keep JavaScript safe"

    Those of us running NoScript see a certain irony there.

    1. vtcodger Silver badge

      It never crossed my mind ...

      That there could possibly be "knowledgeable Engineers" involved in any aspect of Javascript. In point of fact, I was kind of wondering why npm required a staff at all.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: It never crossed my mind ...

        Agreed. It is clearly in the best interests of... everyone in the entire world who uses the web, that Javascript stop being a thing ASAP.

  4. a_yank_lurker

    Union Busting

    If found to be union busting that will get them in serious trouble with the ferals. But more to the point, if professional staff so dissatisfied they are looking to unionize you have very serious internal problems you need to fix about a year ago, now is too late.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "never speak of their salary"

    I don't know how it is in Merrie ol' Angle-land, but the social prohibition against discussion salary is pretty high here, and employers like it that way.

    It recently got in the way of contractors being converted to employees at PPOE, where no one knew where they stood financially because of this. People would get together and bitch, but not actually discuss numbers, so when they got lowballed, they didn't know it.

    1. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge


      With a name like that, surely people would be broadcasting about the packet they are receiving?

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