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Recognitional Picketing

Learn how unions can attempt to obtain an employer’s recognition through picketing, and about limitations on that practice.


Picketing that urges an employer to recognize and bargain with a union is called recognitional picketing. Its goal is to pressure the picketed employer into recognizing or bargaining with the union. Picketing that’s intended to persuade employees to accept the union as their representative is called organizational picketing. NLRA § 8(b)(7) regulates recognitional and organizational picketing. In this lesson, we’ll call both kinds of picketing recognitional picketing for simplicity.