Saturday, June 11, 2011

Top NLRB Lawyer to Testify (Reluctantly) at House Hearing on Boeing

Good luck to Boeing on June 17th. They will need all they can get to survive in that liberal part of the country. Meanwhile, those SC workers that are to be hired are denied their seat at the hearing by the NLRB judge. Another one of those "has no standing" rulings.

The National Labor Relations Board’s acting general counsel will testify under duress at a congressional hearing in South Carolina where he is expected to face a barrage of questions from Republicans on the complaint his agency filed against Boeing Co. alleging labor-law violations.

Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon had declined the invitation to testify June 17th, citing a risk that his appearance could hurt the parties’ rights to a fair trial. The case is scheduled to start next Tuesday in Seattle.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, which is holding the South Carolina hearing, asked Mr. Solomon to reconsider or face a possible subpoena to appear.

Mr. Solomon’s June 17th appearance will occur the same week that the NLRB judge will formally start reviewing the complaint at a Seattle hearing. It will occur against a backdrop of increasing political sparring over whether the government can dictate where a company chooses to do business.

Meantime, three Boeing employees who sought to defend the company at an NLRB hearing are out of luck.

The NLRB judge overseeing the hearing Tuesday in Seattle rejected their motion to intervene in the agency’s labor complaint. The South Carolina-based workers “are simply not directly interested parties with a legitimate direct interest in the outcome” of the case, Judge Clifford Anderson said in his decision. There is ”no reasonable basis” to allow the intervention, he wrote.

His denial is the latest development in what has become a substantial political clash over whether the government can dictate where a company chooses to do business.

Read full WSJ report here.

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