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Chamber of Commerce v. Brown

Date: August 11, 2011

U.S. Supreme Court

At issue is whether the state of California, through legislation, can prevent businesses that receive state funding (i.e., construction firms receiving government contracts) from taking actions against labor union organizing drives. While purporting to reflect state neutrality on the subject of unionization, the challenged legislation actually focuses primarily on preventing employers from exercising their rights under the NLRA and First Amendment to communicate to employees the potential disadvantages of unionization. 

The Chamber is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit decision that effectively prevents businesses receiving state funding from taking actions against labor union organizing drives.

Status:  DECIDED.  Amicus brief filed in support of the Chamber of Commerce's petition for writ of certiorari 03/09/07.  Court accepted review 11/20/07.  Amicus brief filed on the merits 01/18/08.  Court ruled in favor of Chamber on 06/19/08.

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