By: Michele Vincent
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On April 20, Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, Lafe Solomon, filed a complaint against Boeing.
The complaint alleges that Boeing's decision in 2009 to locate a 787 Dreamliner assembly line in North Charleston, S.C., represented illegal retaliation against members of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers. In essence, the complaint is an attempt to punish Boeing for opening a manufacturing facility in South Carolina -- a right to work state -- and requiring Boeing to keep production work in its Washington facilities.
In a speech Friday morning, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch blasted the NLRB complaint:
"The most important factor is that the work in South Carolina was new work, which Boeing was not obligated to perform in the State of Washington under its collective bargaining agreement. Boeing simply decided, for sound business reasons to open a new facility to perform new work in a business-friendly state. This is something businesses do all the time.
Not a single job — union or non-union — was lost in the State of Washington as a result of Boeing’s decision. In fact, over 2,000 new jobs have been created in Puget Sound since the company’s announcement to begin new work at the new facility. This is not to mention South Carolina, where hundreds of new jobs were created. Added jobs in Washington plus added jobs in South Carolina sounds like a win-win for American workers to me.
So, yes, Boeing’s decision to build its new plant in South Carolina was good for just about everybody. Yet, without asserting any evidence of anti-union animus on the part of Boeing or of an adverse impact on union workers exercising their legal rights, the NLRB filed its complaint and has sought to step in and make Boeing’s business decisions for them.
Boeing had no legal obligation to locate any and all new work in Puget Sound. It was not obligated under any collective bargaining agreement to keep the work there. It simply chose to locate new work and new expansion in a business-friendly, Right-to-Work state."
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