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NLRB Can’t Sue Oregon to Block ‘Captive-Audience’ Law: State AG

April 8, 2020, 6:29 PM

Oregon asked a federal judge to throw out the NLRB’s lawsuit challenging a law that bars employers in the state from punishing workers for skipping mandatory anti-union meetings.

Workers and not state regulators enforce the law at issue though lawsuits, so there’s nothing Oregon could do to cause the type of injury necessary to give the National Labor Relations Board the standing necessary to sue the state, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said in a filing Tuesday.

Oregon’s statute, which regulates “captive-audience meetings,” protects workers from retaliation for not attending company-sponsored sessions on religious or political topics, including issues related ...