NLRB/Boeing in the Headlines

Boeing Asks Judge to Dismiss Labor Case
The Associated Press
June 15, 2011

Boeing on Tuesday asked a judge in Seattle to dismiss a case brought by the National Labor Relations Board that accuses the plane maker of breaking the law when it built a non-union production line in South Carolina.

The complaint by NLRB acting general counsel Lafe Solomon accused Boeing Co. of illegally retaliating against union workers for past strikes by adding a non-union assembly line for its new 787 passenger jet in South Carolina. The NLRB said Boeing also should  move that assembly work to unionized plants in Washington state, where other 787s are assembled.

At the opening of a hearing on the case Tuesday, Boeing attorney William Kilberg said the legal dispute has cast a shadow over the company. He said the process has affected Boeing, its employees, its supplies and its investments. "It's made life very, very difficult for Boeing," he said.

VIDEO: DeMint & Harkin Debate NLRB-Boeing Issue
CBS Evening News
June 15, 2011

Boeing Union Case Tests Vulnerable Democrats

Scott Wong and Laura Hautala
June 15, 2011
A federal lawsuit against Boeing for alleged union-busting has become more than a conservative crusade; it’s an uncomfortable question for vulnerable Democrats in right-to-work states.

Vulnerable Democrats face an almost impossible choice: Side with Boeing and buck not only the White House but also ditch the unions that have long contributed to Democratic campaigns. But side with the unions and the federal government in a lawsuit challenging Boeing’s move into anti-union South Carolina, and you run afoul of Big Business in many Southern and Midwestern right-to-work states. 

Moderate Democrats’ response for now: Run.