After months of harassment, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has dropped the complaint against Boeing after the aircraft manufacturer reached a deal with the its labor union to raise wages:
The National Labor Relations Board announced on Friday that it was dropping its politically charged case against Boeing, in which it had accused the company of violating federal labor law by opening a new aircraft production plant in South Carolina instead of Washington State.
The labor board’s acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, said he had decided to end the case after the union that represents 31,000 Boeing workers in Washington urged the board to withdraw it. That union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, had originally asked the board to file the case, but changed its mind after striking a deal with Boeing last week to raise wages and expand jet production in Washington.
After months of sharp rhetoric, Boeing and the machinists announced a surprise agreement on a new contract last week. Last week, Local 751 of the machinists’ union announced that 74 percent of its Boeing workers in Washington State had voted to ratify a four-year contract extension that included substantial raises, unusual job security provisions and Boeing’s commitment to expand aircraft production in the Puget Sound area.
The union then asked the labor board to withdraw the case.
Mr. Solomon said he was delighted that Boeing and the union had settled their dispute. “The case was always about the loss of future jobs in the Seattle area,” he said. “This agreement has resolved that issue. There is job security in the Washington area.”
He said the board’s goal was always to promote the resolution of disputes through collective bargaining, adding that filing the Boeing case had helped lead to such a settlement.
“This is the outcome we always preferred, and that is typical for our agency,” Mr. Solomon said in a telephone news conference.
The jobs in Washington were never at risk. In fact, jobs have been added at the Washington plant since Boeing announced their plans to build in South Carolina, which is a right-to-work state. Boeing simply decided to expand to a more business friendly state to build its new Dreamliner.
The NLRB’s decision to pursue a complaint against Boeing was dangerous because this was a government entity essentially bullying a private business into doing what it wanted. And unforunately, the NLRB was somewhat successful. What’s just as bad is that ex-Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others cheered the gangsters at the NLRB on.
The House of Representatives passed a measure back in September that would limit the power of the NLRB, but Senate Democrats and the White House, who have showed themselves to be completely beholden to Big Labor, have promised to block the measure from becoming law.