NLRB OKs Giant Rat Balloons At Union Protests

Law360, New York (May 26, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT) -- The National Labor Relations Board ruled Thursday that unions may display large inflatable rats at a secondary employer's facility to protest its use of a nonunion contractor.

Sheet Metal Workers Local 15, an AFL-CIO union, did not violate U.S. labor law against coercive picketing when it set up a 16-foot-tall rat at the entrance to the Brandon Regional Medical Center in Brandon, Fla., the board said in a 3-1 decision. The union set up the rat about 100 feet away from the hospital's main entrance to...
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