Does a company have the right to make its employees attend meetings where they hear messages against joining a union?

The general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board is arguing no.

In a memorandum released today, NLRB General Counsel Jennifer Abruzzo notified all field offices that she will ask the NLRB to find “captive audience meetings” a violation of the National Labor Relations Act.

In the memo, Abruzzo said the practice, allowed under a case precedent, violates the right of an employee not to listen to what an employer has to say about their rights to organize.