Thursday, September 2, 2010

NLRB Rules "Bannering" Does Not Violate Labor Laws

The National Labor Relations Board has announced, in a press release, that a union practice of displaying large stationary banners at a secondary employer’s business is not coercive, and so does not violate U.S. labor law.

The press release and opinion is based upon three cases out of Arizona where union carpenters held 16-foot-long banners near establishments -- two medical centers and a restaurant -- to protest work being performed for the owners of the establishments by construction contractors that the union claimed paid substandard wages and benefits. Two banners declared “SHAME” while a third urged customers not to eat at the restaurant. The NLRB ruled this conduct to be protected speech and not violative of the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA").

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