Congressional Republicans hope to make a point with the National Labor Relations Board as the labor agency’s lawsuit against Boeing reaches court next week.
A House committee plans to hold a hearing on the complaint in North Charleston Friday, June 17. The Committee on Oversight and Governmental Reform, which is led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), plans to find the “impact” of the NLRB’s action. The meeting is scheduled the same week as an administrative court hearing between the agency and Boeing in Seattle on Tuesday.
South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy sits on the committee. He told SCRN affiliate WLMA that the NLRB will receive a rough welcome at the hearing.
You’re going to see… that it’s not just South Carolina fighting on behalf of ourselves. We’ve got some allies in some other states. The NLRB is going to wish that they had picked on another state when this is all said and done.
Gowdy said he was concerned with the NLRB’s recent actions, which includes a threat to sue South Carolina over the state’s “secret ballot” amendment approved last year.
It’s an entity that is funded by taxpayer dollars that ostensibly is supposed to represent both the worker and the employer. But what it looks like… is the NLRB works for unions. So, we have a taxpayer-subsidized union law firm.
The committee had asked the NLRB’s top legal official, General Counsel Lafe Solomon, to testify. Solomon declined, saying he feared his appearance would threaten the right to a fair trial in the case, which he did not believe would be over by Friday.
However, Issa’s office responded that Solomon was not a judge in the case, so his testimony would not compromise the fairness of the trial. Committee officials said there was precedent for Solomon to testify in an ongoing legal dispute. Issa urged him to reconsider.
Solomon filed the original complaint against Boeing on the board’s behalf. The litigation accuses the manufacturer of violating federal labor laws when it expanded its 787 Dreamliner plant production into right-to-work South Carolina and out of its unionized plants in Washington state. The company officially opened its Final Assembly Facility on Friday.