The recent actions in the NLRB vs. Boeing case make it pretty obvious that the heavy handed actions of the union dominated NLRB on behalf of the Machinists Union worked. Boeing has been making plans for the manufacture of their next generation 737, the 737 Max. When they let the bid for the contract it was only let to one state, Washington. No other state was allowed to bid for the contract.
Why would Boeing do this?
The answer seems clear. Boeing ran the numbers and saw how much they would spend (millions of dollars) in the legal fight defending their right to open the Dreamliner 757 plant in N. Charleston. They weighed that against offering the Machinists Union the new 737 contract as a payoff to drop their NLRB complaint and go away. It appeared to Boeing that the easiest and cheapest way out of this mess was to give the Union more work. Sure enough, as soon as the new 737 deal was announced the Union dropped their NLRB complaint. The ability of unions to use the government as a club to get what they want from a private business is pretty disgusting. There is legislation pending that would prevent the NLRB from having judicial power in the future and let the courts decide this kind of issue, which is where they belong.
More chilling is this comment from the NLRB's lead lawyer threatening anyone else that has the audacity to try and expand or open a business in a right to work state.
"National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Lafe Solomon is again threatening companies that might contemplate moving business to a right-to-work state. Even though the NLRB dropped its suit against Boeing, Solomon stated, 'If we were ever faced with a similar pattern, we might well issue a complaint.' The Boeing case was only a symptom of the problem. Now the NLRB's threat to file more suits against any other company thinking about setting up shop in a right-to-work state makes the solution crystal clear. Congress needs to strip the NLRB's adjudicatory powers so this never happens again."
That's what this whole sordid mess was all about, this administration using the power of the Federal government to keep private industry in line and help out their union buddies.
The bill to limit the NLRB's power passed in the House but will likely die in the Harry Reid controlled Senate.
The Republican-dominated House approved a bill Thursday that would undercut the government's labor dispute with Boeing Co., wading into a case that has angered business groups and become a major political issue in the GOP presidential primary.
The measure, approved 238-186, would ban the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to shut plants or relocate work, even if a company violates labor laws.
While the bill is not expected to get a vote in the Democratic-run Senate, Republicans are trying to keep up pressure on the agency over a move they claim interferes with legitimate business decisions.
"It tells job creators they don't have to fear an activist NLRB reversing important decisions about where to locate a business," said Minnesota Rep. John Kline, chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
GOP lawmakers have vilified the NLRB for filing a complaint in April that alleges Boeing violated labor laws when it opened a new production line for its 787 airplane in South Carolina, a right-to-work state. The board's acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, says Boeing went to South Carolina to punish union workers in Washington state for past strikes and wants the work moved to the West Coast.
Union leaders claim the bill would render toothless the board's ability to enforce labor laws when companies simply eliminate work to get rid of employees who are pro-union. Democrats said the measure would give companies a free pass to punish employees for exercising their rights to organize.
"The bill before us guts the very fundamental rights of American workers to fight for better wages and working conditions and it makes it easier for companies to outsource American jobs overseas," said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass.
The House vote fell largely along party lines, although eight Democrats from right-to-work states voted for the bill. Among them were Reps. Mike McIntyre and Heath Shuler of North Carolina. There are 22 states with right-to-work laws that prohibit union fees from being a condition of employment. Seven Republicans opposed the measure, all from non-right-to-work states with large concentrations of union members