Appeals Court Strikes Down Union Poster Rule

WASHINGTON (May 7, 2013)—The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has struck down a National Labor Relations Board rule that would have required millions of businesses to put up posters informing workers of their right to form a union.

The court says the board went too far in trying to force employers to display the posters or face charges of committing an unfair labor practice.

The ruling was a victory for businesses groups that sued to block the rule, calling the posters too one-sided in favor of unionization.

But it's another blow to labor unions that hoped the posters would help them boost falling membership.

The rule was supposed to take effect last year, but the appeals court had blocked that from happening until legal questions were resolved.

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