Proceed With Caution In Restricting Union Buttons

Law360, New York (June 12, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In 2006, the National Labor Relations Board held in Sacred Heart Medical Center that employers had the right to restrict the wearing of union-related buttons and other insignia in immediate patient care areas. See Littler's July 2006 ASAP "Increasing Employer Control: The NLRB Significantly Restricts Nurses' Right to Wear Certain Union-Related Buttons."

Subsequently, the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit requesting a review of the NLRB decision.

The Ninth Circuit granted the petition and,...
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