Rule Requiring Right-to-Unionize Posters Struck Down

May 14, 2013

Last week, the D.C. Circuit dealt a blow to workers' rights: the Court ruled against a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) rule, proposed in 2010, that required businesses to display posters informing workers of their right to organize.

The A.F.L.-C.I.O. president criticized the ruling:

"In today's workplace, employers are required to display posters explaining wage and hour rights, health and safety and discrimination laws, even emergency escape routes. The circuit court's ruling suggests that courts should strike down hundreds of notice requirements, not only those that inform workers about their rights and warn them of hazards, but also those on cigarette packages, in home mortgages and many other areas."
The Fourth Circuit is "also reviewing the legality of the poster rule." (The current NLRB is itself in judicial limbo, pending a Supreme Court appeal.)