Skip to comments.NLRB drops case against Boeing (This is actually a mixed blessing)
Posted on 12/09/2011 12:12:48 PM PST by SeekAndFind
An official with the National Labor Relations Board announced today that the Board will drop its controversial case against Boeing, The New York Times reports.
The N.L.R.B.s acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, said the labor board had decided to end the case after the machinists union which originally asked for the case to be brought had urged the board on Thursday to withdraw it.
On Wednesday night, the union announced that 74 percent of its 31,000 Boeing workers in Washington State had voted to ratify a four-year contract extension that includes substantial raises, unusual job security provisions and a commitment by Boeing to expand aircraft production in the Puget Sound area.
Mr. Solomon had filed the case against Boeing last April. Agreeing with the unions position, he asserted that Boeings decision to build the $750 million plant in South Carolina constituted illegal retaliation against the unions members in Washington for having engaged in their federally protected right to strike.
When I first read the NYT headline, I cheered. But the NLRB’s decision is actually somewhat of a mixed blessing. Just the threat of the case was clearly a powerful tool in the union’s negotiation of its contract renewal. Note that Boeing has agreed to expand aircraft production in the Puget Sound Area. That’s probably a sound business decision in the current climate: Better to agree to expand production in a state beset with union strife than to have to face a hostile NLRB.
But, from the very beginning, Boeing’s decision to open a new aircraft production plant in South Carolina was less a punishment of union workers in Washington than it was a reward for the leaders of South Carolina, who have conscientiously worked to make the state appealing to investors. Yes, the decision meant more new jobs for South Carolina and fewer new jobs for Washington — but it didn’t mean presently employed Washington workers would face layoffs. All of which is to say: Boeing should never have had to face this case in the first place — and the unions were still able to use the case to extort concessions from the company.
Furthermore, this could make it easier for the NLRB to follow through with its plans to institute snap elections and other disastrous policies. South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said he would block any Obama nominee to the NLRB as long as the Board pursued the case against Boeing. Now that the NLRB has dropped the case, Republican opposition to new nominees might not be as unwavering. An NLRB filled with Obama appointees would be even more biased toward unions than the Board we have now. Republicans in Washington need to remember this case as a warning — and still work to limit the unwarranted power of the NLRB.
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said he would block any Obama nominee to the NLRB as long as the Board pursued the case against Boeing. Now that the NLRB has dropped the case, Republican opposition to new nominees might not be as unwavering.
And that’s one of the biggest problems with Miss Lindsey! You can count on his support as long as it will impact his campaign chances but after that all bets are off.....I hope my fellow South Carolinians kick him out in 2014
The NLRB — like ATF, EPA and many others — is but one of many bureaucracies that have no place under our Constitution, and should be eliminated immediately!
Oh don't be silly. It's right there in the Commerce Clause. Geez, some people just can't accept that others know what's best for them.
/s (did I have to do that?)
The union and NLRB knew they would get their heads handed to them when they went to Federal Court so this is just a way to bow out while trying to make themselves look good.
Lets see if I have this right.
The Union asked NLRB to bring a case against Boeing and they did.
Then the Union get the deal they want, then they ask the NLRB to drop the case, and they do.
Now someone tell me is the NLRB an arm of the Union opr an arm of the government and if it is an arm of the Government why is it being run by the Union.?
If Perry is still wondering what other agency he could do away with, maybe the NLRB is the one.
There's also mention of it in the Penumbra section. Just after abortion.
If any SC workers lost wages because of this NLRB thuggery, they should be compensated by the NLRB. Take the money out of the NLRB members' wages.
And Freedom from fear and freedom from want...
Because of the pugnacious tyranny of the NLRB, no (thinking) new company will ever start up in a Blue State (especially. Washington state, but no other non-right-to-work state, either). If you were going to start a widget company, you would avoid blue/union-heavy states altogether. And...
If you are an existing company, you will do whatever it takes to locate away from non-right-to-work states.
Labor rules from Central Thuggery drives jobs away.