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Supreme Court Accepts Challenge to Union Law

Posted Nov 20, 2007 1:56 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to a California law that bars some employers from commenting on labor organizing efforts.

The law prohibits employers that accept state money from using the funds to "assist, promote, or deter union organizing," according to the petition for certiorari (PDF posted by SCOTUSblog).

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other petitioners contend the law deters noncoercive employer speech about union organizing, which is protected by federal labor law. They contend the state law is pre-empted by the federal statute.

The Bush administration has backed business groups in the case, Chamber of Commerce v. Brown, the Associated Press reports.

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