Like many other Obama-era realities, the rats may not survive the Trump administration.
In 2011, the National Labor Relations Board ruled that the union tradition of using giant inflatable rodents to protest employers using nonunion contractors is protected free speech.
Hugh Murray, a management-side labor lawyer at McCarter & English in Hartford, said that the pendulum swing is more aggressive than in previous administrations, but only because it had swung so far in the opposite direction under Obama.
And because Obama was hamstrung by a recalcitrant Republican Congress, he issued a number of pro-worker rules by executive order, which are easier to overturn, Murray noted. That has allowed Trump to make changes quickly, including revoking an order requiring businesses bidding for federal contracts to reveal past labor violations.
“So far, it’s gone further because Obama went further,” Murray said.
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