Bloomberg Law
Oct. 27, 2020, 8:16 PM

Scabby the Rat Heads to Showdown as NLRB Weighs Protest Limits

Ian Kullgren
Ian Kullgren

The National Labor Relations Board will review the circumstances under which unions can display a massive inflatable rat at protests, despite court findings that its use is protected by the First Amendment.

The announcement follows a campaign against “Scabby"—a symbol used by unions at demonstrations for decades—by NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb. The general counsel, who is said to loathe the image of the rabid rodent with bloodshot eyes and bared teeth, has advocated for banning its use when workers are protesting someone other than their direct employer.

In a party-line vote, NLRB said it will solicit public briefs on ...

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