Fractured Appeals Court Reinstates Controversial Labor Law

"Truly bizarre," is how U.S. Chamber of Commerce General Counsel Stephen Bokat characterizes the series of rulings, withdrawals and re-hearings that led to a recent appeals court decision in Chamber of Commerce v. Lockyer.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision reinstates a contentious California law--AB 1889--that prohibits private employers from spending state funds to fight union organizing campaigns. The Chamber of Commerce sued to block the law in 2002, arguing the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) preempted it.


Michael T. Burr

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