Speaking of federal courts, it seems the US District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas just became ground zero for the initial fight over the Department of Labor Union Persuader Rule, just finalized last week.  In response, a lawsuit was filed this week by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Arkansas Chamber of Commerce and a host of other business interests challenging the validity of the union-friendly regulation.   The challenge alleges that the new DOL rule, which requires disclosure of all conversations regarding union election petitions (including legal strategies with employment counsel), violates employer First Amendment rights as well as the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution.  As we promised last week, there will be much more coming on this issue, so stay tuned!