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Judge: Government cannot require union posters at work

A federal judge has ruled that the National Labor Relations Board cannot require private employers to put up posters informing workers of their right to form a union.

U.S. District Judge David Norton in South Carolina says the labor board exceeded its authority from Congress when it approved the poster requirement last year.

The decision Friday conflicts with a ruling last month by another federal judge in Washington, D.C., who found the posters were a reasonable means to make workers aware of labor laws.

Both lawsuits were brought by business groups that claim the posters are too one-sided in favor of unions.

A spokeswoman for the labor board did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The rule was supposed to take effect April 30.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports

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