Atty Says Ore. Labor Law Likely Preempted

Law360, New York (July 6, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The governor of Oregon has signed a law banning employers from punishing workers for opting out of anti-union meetings, which a prominent attorney for employers argues is preempted by the National Labor Relations Act.

Jackson Lewis LLP's Scott Oborne said trade associations would fight the new Oregon law in court. He pointed out that last year in Chamber of Commerce v. Brown, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the NLRA protects employers' free speech rights. “I think ultimately judges will rule consistently,” Oborne said.

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