As Agency Withdraws Boeing Complaint, Acting General Counsel Says He Will Pursue Similar Action Against Others
Washington, D.C. (December 9, 2011) – The Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) today released the following statement in response to threats against American employers leveled by Lafe Solomon, acting general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) upon the agency withdrawing its complaint against Boeing:
“Lafe Solomon’s actions against Boeing sent the message to employers across the nation that President Obama’s labor board was more interested in rewarding Big Labor bosses and killing jobs than serving as an ‘independent’ government agency,” said Fred Wszolek, spokesperson for the Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI). “In withdrawing the complaint against Boeing, Solomon threatened American companies saying he would go after them if ‘faced with a similar situation.’ Clearly, labor’s cronies at the NLRB don’t understand it is not the job of bureaucrats to dictate to American companies where they can and cannot invest resources and locate operations. President Obama continues to say his administration is most concerned with creating jobs and turning around the country’s economy. If that is indeed the case, he can send an unambiguous message to small businesses throughout the nation by telling his nominees at the NLRB to stop their job-killing assault against American employers.”
NLRB Acting General Counsel: “If We’re Faced With A Similar Situation, We Might Well Have A Complaint”:
“The National Labor Relations Board has dropped its controversial case against airline manufacturer Boeing, which had become a lightening rod for conservatives. The labor board had arguing for much of the past year that Boeing decided to locate a plant to build its new 787 Dreamliner jets in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, in retaliation for strikes by unionized workers at its existing facilities in Washington state. But the panel appeared to bow to political pressure Friday, saying that a deal the company reached this month with the International Association of Machinists to build a different type of airline, the 737 Max, in Washington satisfied its concerns, so it was dropping the case … Solomon said Friday he ‘hoped’ the criticism of the labor board would recede with the withdraw of the Boeing case, but he also said it was possible the NLRB would make the same decision in a similar circumstance. ‘If we’re faced with a similar situation, we might well have a complaint,’ he said.” (Keith Laing, “Labor Board Withdraws Boeing Complaint,” The Hill, 12/9/11)
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