The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has sued the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to rescind its required employee rights poster, which the association says the board lacks the authority to mandate.

The NLRB on August 30 published a final rule mandating that virtually every business in America display an NLRB-worded poster to inform employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).

In a statement, Jay Timmons, NAM's president and CEO, said the rule is "just another example of the board's aggressive overreach to insert itself into the day-to-day decisions of businesses — exerting powers it doesn't have." He later called the NLRB "rogue."

Earlier in the week, the NAM also joined the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) in launching a radio ad campaign against the board and its April decision to block the Boeing Corp.'s opening of a non-unionized plant, which the board claimed was done in "retaliation" for unionized activities at Boeing's Washington facilities.

Despite the lawsuit and its questionable chances, the new NLRA poster, which you can obtain from Personnel Concepts, must be displayed prominently by Nov. 14, 2011.