NLRB’s Boeing case coincides with hearing this week

Board’s acting GC will testify at hearing as airplane manufacturer faces labor complaint

The focus on Boeing’s alleged labor-law violations intensifies this week as the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) case against the aircraft maker goes before an administrative law judge on June 14. The case coincides with a congressional hearing on June 17, where the NLRB’s acting general counsel will testify about the company’s allegedly unlawful actions.

The NLRB case stems from an April 20 complaint the board filed against Boeing for illegally transferring manufacturing from a union facility in Washington to a non-union facility in South Carolina in supposed retaliation for union strikes. NLRB Acting GC Lafe Solomon seeks an order that would require Boeing to move production back to Washington, where the company was founded and where all other Boeing factories are located.

This week, Solomon will grudgingly testify at a congressional hearing in South Carolina regarding Boeing’s alleged labor violations. The Wall Street Journal reports that Solomon expressed reservations about attending the House hearing because of how the inquiry could impact the pending case.

Meanwhile, Bloomberg reports that Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is increasing efforts to ensure that Boeing’s newest aircraft model is manufactured in Washington.

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