Bloomberg Law
Feb. 9, 2021, 6:31 PMUpdated: Feb. 9, 2021, 9:33 PM

Top NLRB Lawyer Moves to Snuff Scabby the Rat Complaints (1)

Ian Kullgren
Ian Kullgren

The National Labor Relations Board’s acting general counsel is seeking to end Trump-era complaints over unions’ use of Scabby the Rat, a large inflatable balloon often present at labor protests.

General Counsel Peter Ohr’s office has asked the board to send at least two complaints issued by Ohr’s predecessor, Peter Robb, back to the regional directors with which they were originally filed, so they can be dropped. Robb aggressively prosecuted unions for deploying the rodent in demonstrations against someone other than their direct employer, arguing it’s unlawful secondary picketing not protected by the First Amendment.

“Such pursuit is a ...

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