February 15, 2019 / 9:12 PM / 7 months ago

Union loses free speech fight over inflatable rat at 7th Circuit

A Wisconsin town did not violate a labor union’s free speech rights by forcing it to take down a giant inflatable rat it put up on a public right-of-way to protest a construction contractor’s wages, a federal appeals court has ruled.

In a decision on Thursday, a unanimous three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the union that “Scabby the Rat” was a form of protected speech but said Grand Chute, Wisconsin’s sign ordinance mandating that the rat had to go was constitutional.

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