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NLRB complains about Boeing's move to South Carolina
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At the end of the day
While politicians and pundits rant and rave about acting National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon’s decision to issue a complaint against Boeing for moving production away from a unionized facility in Washington state to a nonunion facility in South Carolina, (an understanding of the applicable law) shows this a fairly straightforward case [“Boeing vs. the NLRB: unscabbing old wounds in South Carolina,” Opinion, April 25].
The National Labor Relations Act gives workers the unequivocal right to engage in concerted activity — including the right to strike. Boeing stated publicly that it was moving production away from Washington because its workers there previously went on strike and could go on strike again in the future.
Such comments amount to an admission from the company that it was intentionally retaliating against employees and trying to limit their rights — a clear affront to the law that the NLRB is charged with enforcing.
At the end of the day, what we are seeing is the agency carrying out its congressionally mandated mission to protect the right of workers to engage in concerted activity for mutual aid and protection. The agency is simply enforcing the law, providing balance and fairness for workers and businesses alike.
— Paul M. Secunda, Milwaukee, Wis.
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