New Union Organizing Tactic: Projecting Spotlight Image on Side of Target Company’s Building

A union that had sought to organize a casino for years took its efforts to a new level when it projected a three-story image onto the wall of the casino. Concerned that the light was a safety hazard that could blind motorists, the casino called the police who told the union to shut off the light. The union then filed an unfair labor practice against the casino for calling the police. The casino was cleared of wrongdoing because it may have had a “trespass due to light project” and nuisance claim, although state law was unclear if either claim was viable.

Matt Austin is a lawyer based in the Columbus, Ohio office of Roetzel & Andress, LPA who limits his practice to representing employers dealing with labor, employment, and OSHA matters. You can call Matt at (614) 723-2010 or email him at

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