Hospital Can Bar 'Inflammatory' Pro-Union Gear: Judge

Law360, New York (August 29, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT) -- A National Labor Relations Board judge ruled Friday that an upstate New York hospital did not violate labor law when it stopped union members from wearing “inflammatory” buttons during a contentious contract renegotiation.

Hudson, N.Y.'s Columbia Memorial Hospital had the right to stop members of a health care local from wearing a button that featured a giant boot — the hospital — stomping on a worker, Administrative Judge Paul Bogas said.

The judge also allowed the hospital to bar a button saying “access denied” that referenced...
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