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Consumer Picketing and Handbilling

Learn about the extent to which unions may direct picketing or handbilling toward consumers during labor disputes.


Although secondary activity directed against neutral employers is mostly unlawful, secondary activity isn’t the only way for a union to try to gain leverage against an employer with which the union has a dispute. Sometimes a union will engage in picketing and handbilling directed at consumers to put additional pressure on a primary employer.

I. Consumer Picketing

Consumer picketing is lawful but subject to some restrictions.

Suppose a union was on strike against a group of fruit wholesalers...