loader
Page is loading...
Scabby the rat

Scabby The Rat On The Chopping Block


For decades, unions have used Scabby the Rat as a protest symbol. The giant inflatable rat is most commonly used by unions to protest on job sites where contractors are employing non-union labor. The use of the rat has come under scrutiny over the years, as courts and the NLRB have weighed in on whether the rat is unlawfully coercive secondary picketing, or whether it is a lawful exercise of a union’s free speech rights.

NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb has advocated for the former interpretation of Scabby’s legal status. Robb has signaled that Scabby’s days are numbered and the current NLRB seems to be moving in that direction. 

This year, however an ALJ ruled that the use of the 12-foot inflatable rat was not coercive where it was used to protest alleged safety violations of a secondary employer. The NLRB announced this week that it is inviting public briefs in that case, asking the public if it should restrict the use of Scabby. This Board has taken the same approach in the past, soliciting public briefing before issuing employer-friendly decisions. A decision could come next year on Scabby’s fate. 


RELATED ARTICLES

Kicking It Into Gear: NLRB Continues Improving Case Processing Statistics

November 13, 2020 | Labor Relations, National Labor Relations Board

Mail It In! NLRB Sets Standards For Mail-In Ballot Union Elections During Pandemic

November 10, 2020 | Labor Relations, National Labor Relations Board, Unions and Union Membership

How Has COVID-19 Impacted Union Election Results?

October 23, 2020 | Labor Relations, Unions and Union Membership, National Labor Relations Board

Is Staying Neutral During a Union Campaign Unlawful?

October 6, 2020 | Labor Relations, Union Organizing, National Labor Relations Board

Union Decertification Update: NLRB Extends Comments Deadline For Contract Bar

September 18, 2020 | Labor Relations, National Labor Relations Board, Labor Agreements

Subscribe

Do you want to receive more valuable insights directly in your inbox? Visit our subscription center and let us know what you're interested in learning more about.

View Subscription Center
RELATED TOPICS
union protest
NLRB
Trending Connect
We use cookies on this site to enhance your user experience. By clicking any link on this page you are giving your consent for us to use cookies.