The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and I have something in common: we’re both cool with giant rats. The giant rat I like is Master Splinter from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The giant rat the NLRB likes is the “Giant Rat” – the one that goes hand-in-hand with labor union activity.
On May 26th, 2011, the NLRB decided that placing the “Giant Rat” – a mean looking, inflatable rat measuring 12 feet wide and 16 feet tall – outside an employer’s facility to protest the hiring of a non-union contractor is not unlawful secondary activity under he National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).
The NLRB decided that the Giant Rat – which was placed 100 feet from the entrance of a hospital that hired non-union workers instead of members of the Sheet Metal Workers’ Union – was not unlawful intimidation because it’s placement:
- constituted peaceful and constitutional expression
- didn’t involve conduct that could be considered unlawful or confrontational picketing, and
- was not unlawfully threatening.
Click here to read more about this bizarre NLRB case.