Is it an unconstitutional restriction of free speech to require public-employee unions to provide 10 days’ notice that they intend to picket their government employers?
The Ohio Supreme Court agreed this week to provide the answer.
The justices will hear arguments regarding an appeals court ruling that found a state law requiring advance notice of picketing violates public employees’ First Amendment rights.
The case stems from 2007, when employees of the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities picketed a Youngstown board meeting during a contract dispute without providing notice.
The State Employee Relations Board later ruled that the unionized employees committed an unfair labor practice by violating the state law requiring notice of picketing, prompting court action.