Federal Court Overturns Union Button Ban At Hospital/Williams Kastner Labor & Employment Advisor


The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (which has jurisdiction over the state of Washington)

recently overturned a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board which had allowed a hospital

to prohibit nurses from wearing union buttons “in any areas . . . where they may encounter

patients or family members.” In doing so, the Court undermined the presumption in favor of

such employer bans absent substantial evidence that union buttons offend clients. This article discusses the ruling and its potential ramifications.

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