Ohio Supreme Court Holds MEADD Did Not Have to Give Notice Before Picketing

Green Haines Sgambati Co., L.P.A. is pleased to announce that on October 23, 2013, in a 7-0 decision, the Ohio Supreme Court held that the Mahoning Education Association of Developmental Disabilities (MEADD) did not have to provide the Mahoning County Developmental Disabilities Board with notice before conducting an informational picket related to contract negotiations. The case arose after the Developmental Disabilities Board filed charges with the state claiming MEADD had violated the law by picketing without giving 10 days advanced notice. The Ohio Supreme Court unanimously held that the notice requirement does not apply to informational picketing such as MEADD had conducted. The decision means that public sector unions across Ohio no longer have to provide employers or the state with notice before holding an informational picket.
 
Green Haines Sgambati Co., L.P.A. attorneys Ira Mirkin, Charles Oldfield and Stanley Okusewsky represented MEADD, an affiliate of the Ohio Education Association, in this matter.