You have to love this one. The National Labor Relations Board, traditionally in place to ensure union elections go according to the law and to sort through claims of unfair labor practices from both unions, employees and employers alike, is now in the ransom business.
Read this article related to the NLRB dropping from the New York Times. Cliff notes appear below:
"In the Boeing case, Mr. Solomon asserted that Boeing’s decision to build its $750 million Dreamliner factory in South Carolina constituted illegal retaliation against the machinists’ members in Washington for having exercised their federally protected right to strike. He cited public statements by Boeing officials about the machinists’ militancy in Washington State as one piece of evidence in the case, although Boeing officials said that lower costs were their major reason for choosing South Carolina.
After months of sharp rhetoric, Boeing and the machinists announced a surprise agreement on a new contract last week. Last week, Local 751 of the machinists’ union announced that 74 percent of its Boeing workers in Washington State had voted to ratify a four-year contract extension that included substantial raises, unusual job security provisions and Boeing’s commitment to expand aircraft production in the Puget Sound area.
The union then asked the labor board to withdraw the case."
Daaaaaamn. Here are all the facts you need to know:
1. The NLRB took action to tie up Boeing from opening a new plant in a non-union state.
2. The claim existed until the union got a new contract.
3. Once the union got a new contract, the NLRB withdrew its complaint.
Translation: The NLRB helped the union extract a ransom from Boeing. The NLRB gave the union a bargaining chip to take to the negotiation table, then did what the union asked them to do once the new contract was released.
Winner: The union. Loser: Anyone who likes governmental agencies that are charged with enforcing the law not to overreach, pick sides or generally serve as a hindrance to the creation of jobs in a down economy.
You're not included in that description of who the loser is? You're probably reading the wrong blog.