Another Blow to the NLRB: Poster Rule Struck Down

Gavel and PapersJust in case you missed this, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down yesterday a federal rule that would have required employers to nail posters to their bulletin boards or common-area walls informing employees of their rights to unionize.

This Associated Press account on the Newsday site calls the decision against the National Labor Relations Board in National Association of Manufacturers v. NLRB “another blow to the nation’s dwindling labor unions.”

It also specifies details of the ruling, stating that the NLRB violated employers’ free-speech rights in trying to force them to display the posters or face charges of committing an unfair labor practice.

“The court’s ruling is the latest success for business groups that have worked to prevent the NLRB from shifting the legal landscape in favor of labor unions, despite President Barack Obama’s appointment of several labor-friendly board members,” the AP account says.

Here is my latest blog post on this poster controversy, containing links to my previous posts, which should give you a good chronological journey through this tussle.

Meanwhile, this legal alert on the Arent Fox site reminds us that Tuesday’s appeals-court decision on the poster rule comes less than four months after the same court invalidated Obama’s recess appointments of three NLRB members.

Here are three separate blog posts by me on this recess-appointments controversy — from April 2, March 20, and Feb. 19 — for your reading pleasure.

Lastly, this link from Practical Law Co. spells out the reasons behind the DC Circuit decision regarding posters. The court, it says, “held that the NLRB’s poster rule is invalid because each of the three ways in which the NLRB would enforce its poster rule was invalid. In particular, the court found that the NLRB could not lawfully:

  • Make a failure to post the notice an unfair labor practice (ULP).
  • Interpret a failure to post the notice as evidence of anti-union animus in NLRB proceedings.
  • Toll the six-month statute of limitations indefinitely for employees to file ULP charges against an employer that fails to post the notice.”

As always, I will try to keep you posted on developments.