December 1, 2011 |
T he Republican war on unions continues apace. On a near-party-line vote Wednesday, the House passed a bill crafted to thwart a National Labor Relations Board decision, made earlier Wednesday, that would entitle workers to a timely vote on unionization once they've petitioned for it. By ruling that employers' legal challenges can be entertained only after a vote, the board effectively denied employers the ability to hold up a vote for...
August 21, 2011 |
THE HOUSE Oversight and Government Reform Committee has long been a muscular overseer — regardless of which party was at the helm. That remains true today under the current chairman, Rep. Darrell E. Issa. Since taking over the panel in January, Mr. Issa (R-Calif.) has set his sights on the Justice Department for its "Operation Fast and Furious," an admittedly flawed attempt to thwart the flow of illegal guns from the United States into Mexico, and on the National Labor Relations Board.
May 19, 2011
George F. Will's May 15 op-ed column [" Will Obama down the Dreamliner? "] suggested that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is in collusion with the Obama administration to debilitate Boeing for political gain. Mr. Will spins a fantastic tale of the Obama administration propping up organized labor by leveling an unfair labor complaint against Boeing, as if this type of complaint were unprecedented. The NLRB in fact investigates between 20,000 and 30,000 allegations of unfair labor practices a year.
May 13, 2011 |
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. This summer, the huge Boeing assembly plant here will begin producing 787 Dreamliners — up to three a month, priced at $185 million apiece. It will, unless the National Labor Relations Board, controlled by Democrats and encouraged by Barack Obama's reverberating silence, gets its way. Last month — 17 months after Boeing announced plans to build here and with the $2 billion plant nearing completion — the NLRB, collaborating with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
May 1, 2011
It was good to see Steven Pearlstein's balanced description of the Boeing labor dispute before the National Labor Relations Board [" To solve Boeing labor dispute, look to the law of the land," Economy & Business, April 28]. What is still missing, however, is an accurate account of what was involved in NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon's issuance of an unfair-labor-practice complaint against Boeing. A complaint is nothing but a complaint. It merely presents the case to be decided by the NLRB, after a hearing before an administrative law judge and that judge's reviewable findings.
April 26, 2011 |
For high-stakes legal drama, it doesn't get much bigger than last week's filing by the National Labor Relations Board charging that Boeing's decision to open a big new production facility in union-phobic South Carolina was motivated by a desire to punish and intimidate the strike-prone union at its long-established plant in Seattle. If the NLRB decides to pursue the case through the federal courts and loses — a real possibility given the inclinations of the federal appeals courts — it would effectively eviscerate what is left of workers' right to strike, at least against large multinational companies.