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Musicians Can Stage Labor Protest on Auditorium Property

Dec. 6, 2017, 6:00 PM

Musicians should have been allowed to stand on private property while they protested a ballet company’s use of recorded music inside a performing arts center, an NLRB administrative law judge ruled.

The decision shows that the right of employees to engage in peaceful and nondisruptive labor activities may trump the interest of an employer to control access to its private property.

The Tobin Center in San Antonio interfered with employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act by instructing members of the American Federation of Musicians they couldn’t hand out leaflets on sidewalks outside the private institution, ALJ Arthur J....

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