Friday, May 6, 2011


In response to allegations against Boeing presented to the federal labor board (NLRB) by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the NLRB has filed a complaint against Boeing accusing them of retaliating against a local union by opening a production line in the right to work state of South Carolina.

The complaint alleges that the aerospace giant  made "coercive statements" regarding union-led strikes, and then retaliated by transferring its second line to the non-union South Carolina facility.  As evidence, the NLRB noted that a Boeing executive said in an interview that an overriding factor in going to South Carolina -- a right-to-work state where unions cannot force employees to join -- was a desire to avoid disruptions associated with union strikes.

NLRB General Counsel Lafe Solomon cited Boeing executives' comments on their desire to avoid strikes in claiming the company violated federal rules.

Soloman stated, "A worker's right to strike is a fundamental right guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act. We also recognize the rights of employers to make business decisions based on their economic interests, but they must do so within the law."

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which initially filed the allegation against Boeing with the NLRB in March of last year, said in a statement that the South Carolina decision was aimed at the union.

A hearing in the case is scheduled before an administrative law judge on June 14, 2011 in Seattle to determine whether or not the U.S. Government can preclude a PRIVATE U.S corporation from moving one of its own PRIVATE production lines from one state to another..........................The question is as ridiculous as U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder going forward (with President Obama's blessings) with the prosecution of the C.I.A. agents responsible for the enhanced interrogation that led to the location and dispatchment of Usama bin Laden.

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