Skip to comments.Boeing illegally put second 787 line in S.C., complaint says
Posted on 04/20/2011 12:01:45 PM PDT by jazusamo
Boeing illegally put its second 787 Dreamliner assembly line in South Carolina in retaliation for strikes in Washington and should be required to build the line in Washington, according to a National Labor Relations Board complaint filed Wednesday.
The board's acting general counsel filed the complaint in response to a charge that the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union District 751, backed by the national union, filed on March 29, 2010. A board administrative law judge is scheduled to hear the case on June 14.
The complaint says Boeing executives "made coercive statements to its employees that it would remove or had removed work from the (union) because employees had struck" and threatened that future strikes would cost it more work.
"By opening the line in Charleston (S.C.), Boeing tried to intimidate our members with the idea that the company would take away their work unless they made concessions at the bargaining table," IAM District 751 President Tom Wroblewski said in a statement Wednesday. "But the law is clear: American workers have a right to pursue collective bargaining, and no company not even Boeing can threaten or punish them for exercising those rights."
Boeing issued a statement Wednesday saying it will "vigorously contest" the complaint.
"This claim is legally frivolous and represents a radical departure from both NLRB and Supreme Court precedent," Boeing Executive Vice President and General Counsel J. Michael Luttig said. "Boeing has every right under both federal law and its collective bargaining agreement to build additional U.S. production capacity outside of the Puget Sound region."
Boeing also criticized the timing of the complaint, noting it came 17 months after it announced it would put the line in South Caroline and as construction is nearly complete, with more than 1,000 new workers hired and assembly of the first airplane set to begin in July.
At least Boeing has the moolah to take it to SCOTUS if need be.
And people wonder why companies go overseas to escape the unions, regulations and taxes. Mostly the BS from the government.
Since when does the right to collective bargaining turn into denying Boeing’s right to locate a plant at the most favorable location for profitable work?
Gee I guess they can’t build their aircraft where they want now days!
We are now.... France.
Keep it up, unions - the next Boeing production line will be in Guangzhou.
Unions also have the right to pursue happiness.
So true and they will if they have to.
This is the textbook definition of economic fascism.
Where a company is privately owned, and the company owns the means of production, but the government controls the company’s production. The only exception to this definition would be if the company were producing the product under government contract, and that contract were to specify where the production were to take place (for instance, the military’s contracts for producing ammunition). To the best of my knowledge, the “Dreamliner” isn’t being produced under government contracts.
Maybe WA wants to be more like Detroit.
I'm amazed we have lost more manufacturing jobs. Maybe we should have.
Keep it up, unions - the next Boeing production line will be in Guangzhou
What he said.
They will never learn.They have gotten away with this crap for so long they have grown to think it is a right.
Last desperate act of defiance by the Goonions.
Obama/Holder will use this as an excuse to enrich their trail lawyer contributors.
coming soon to our country, the Anti Dog Eat Dog rule.
Federal attempt at establishing a precedence in denying corporations the right to relocate away from union dominated workforces.
A fish rots from the head down so this started at the White House.
If the unions at Boeing in WA keep this up they're going to find themselves out of a job at Boeing.
There was speculation when they set up a second line in SC they may have future plans to move the WA operation to the South. Stuff like this by the union may just prove that speculation true.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is an independent agency of the United States government charged with conducting elections for labor union representation and with investigating and remedying unfair labor practices.[emphasis added]
In April 2009, President Obama nominated Craig Becker (Associate General Counsel of the Service Employees International Union) [SEIU]
Becker's nomination appeared to fail on February 8, 2010, after Republican Senators (led by John McCain) threatened to filibuster his nomination. President Obama said he would consider making recess appointments to the NLRB due to the Senate's failure to move on any of the three nominations. True to his word, Obama on March 27, 2010 recess appointed both Becker and Pearce to the NLRB.
As far as I’m concerned, Boeing may build their planes wherever they find a favorable business climate and the resources to complete the task.
Union thugs here in Washington can’t stand a little competition, can they?
Wow. Who is John Galt, I guess.... Wow. Surreal.
...and they can forget about building them with Rearden Steel.
Thanks for posting that. Yes, both Becker and Pearce were union slug attorneys and Obama pulled his same old crud to get them on the board.
let’s tell the workers in South Carolina they have to give half their salaries to their counterparts in Washington state as ‘compensation’ - workers of the world unite, right? and let’s see what happens then.
The IAM shouldn’t be too worried. After 4 or 5 years of Boeing management the workers in SC will be begging to join the union.
How DARE Boeing think they can decide where to put their production lines!
I hear you. It’s just a shame that these union slugs don’t realize or care that Boeing may just pull up stakes and leave.
Heck...at LEAST they kept the line in the USA.....fools...
oh bummer to the rescue
SC is a right to work state and I doubt Boeing will build any new facilities in any states that aren’t.
Since the communists have taken over America.
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Washington state is a liberal crap hole! Hope Boeing pulls out completely.
I didn’t know it was ‘Illegal’ to put a factory in one of the United States.
Might be in violation of contract but not illegal.
This is the textbook definition of economic fascism.
It really is and one wonders how many US citizens understand this or how many students are taught such. Messerschmidt, Siemens, Focke-Wolfe, etc. all produced under control and authority of the Nationalist-Socialist government.
Cannot substantiate the details but it appears Russia, after the Soviet Union's collapse, also works the same way.
This is why the political terms of the Left and the Right are purposefully distorted to fit a particular political agenda, across the globe. And why the conservative movement, e.g. the Tea Party, needs to elevate its arguments to the most fundamental questions of governing.
I remember during the Soviet collapse the Media regularly referring to the losing Soviet Communists as the "conservatives," and remarking to my wife, Huhh?
And recall how the Republican Party before about 1990 was "blue" and the Democrats "red," then of a sudden in the Media it switched.
None of this spin is accidental or incidental.
But of course the Youth swallow what they are taught, and the Old have short memories.
This is not over. Never underestimate the stupidity of government, especially one controlled by the Democrats.
If the companies go overseas, let them ask the country that they move to for the tax breaks and bail outs.
Back in the days when radio was the hottest technology on the planet one of the biggest makers was Atwater Kent. Chatter came to his ear that his shops might be unionizing. He warned that if they did he’d shut the company down. They did. He did.
Not just Dem controlled, they’re all union sympathizers, and at least one is a former union hack (SEIU IIRC).
You’re correct. See post #22 & #26.
I will remember that, namsman, as background to any other comments you may make on other subjects.
Since a Communist traitor ended up in the White House
Move it to Canada.