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The presence at an employer's business of one or more employees and/or other persons who are publicizing a labor dispute, influencing employees or customers to withhold their work or business, respectively, or showing a union's desire to represent employees; picketing is usually accompanied by patrolling with signs.


Labor Law; Labor Union.


n. standing or parading near a business or government office usually with signs of protest or claims in labor disputes or public policy controversies (peace marches to pro- or anti-abortion advocates). Picketing is constitutionally guaranteed as free speech, but in some cases it may be limited by court order to prevent physical combat, blocking of entrances or threats to the public safety.


from the French for ‘pike’, this describes the practice of placing strikers between the worker and his place of work to stop him coming off strike or to encourage him to go on strike. Almost a century of oscillating legislation controls the practice in the UK. Generally, it is permitted if carried out peacefully and with a view to communicating information or persuading persons and is carried out at a person's own place of work. This latter phrase prevents picketing outside the target's garden and restrained the flying picket, someone who would go anywhere to help out workers in a strike even though he himself might not have any dispute with the target. Secondary picketing, where suppliers of the target become themselves targets, is prohibited. While the law generally does not prohibit peaceful picketing, it has not created a right to picket; a picket standing in front of a lorry and obstructing it peacefully to communicate with the driver commits the offence of obstruction. Picketing also must be in accordance with the GOLDEN FORMULAE. Many pickets are not illegal simply for that reason. A code of practice issued by the Secretary of State indicates that there should be no more than six pickets at any entrance or exit and that frequently fewer will be appropriate. Public Order powers may be engaged if more than 20 persons are present.
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It follows that secondary picketing was illegal because it failed the second element.
The picketing began at noon on Friday, December 8, as the Christmas shopping season was moving into full swing.
If the wrong gate is used by the wrong person, the reserved gate system can become "contaminated" and then the union can start picketing everywhere.
Ludwig said to defend itself in the picketing case, the MAC hired Littler Mendelson, a San Francisco-based law firm that specializes in fighting unions.
MAC takes the position that it will neither grant a permit nor provide a hearing on the Northwest Drive picketing request, however.
With negotiations on hold for a contract with the buyer of The Boeing Company's Commercial Airplane Division, members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) IFPTE Local 2001 are widening their campaign with coordinated picketing at the headquarters of Boeing and Onex Corporation.
Picketing workers are receiving about $100 per week to man the lines, and the supermarkets have lost more than $1 billion in sales, according to estimates.
Steve Smith, Chairman of the WTPU Negotiation Team, is picketing Boeing to improve its contract offer in Wichita.
Brian Paul, 29, who was picketing outside a Burbank Albertson's near his home, said he has been working two jobs for the past five years.
Instead of picketing their own stores, Ralphs employees will supplement picket lines at -- among other strategic locations -- Vons and Pavilions stores, where employees are on strike, and Albertsons stores, where employees are locked out.
We got to come to an end - 100 days is too long,'' Zine told the workers, who stopped picketing Ralphs shortly after the strike began, adding management needs to get back to the negotiating table.
Striking workers picketing the driveways and parking entrances holding up customers and suppliers.