South Carolina Congressman Trey Gowdy had his chance to question the prosecutor leading a National Labor Relations Board complaint against Boeing Friday.
At a congressional hearing in North Charleston, the Upstate representative and member of the House Oversight and Governmental Reform Committee fired question after question at NLRB General Counsel Lafe Solomon over his agency’s claim that Boeing retaliated against its Washington labor force by expanding to South Carolina to avoid labor strikes.
The hearing, at which Solomon originally declined to appear, is being held at the Charleston County Council Chambers.
New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney protested the point of the hearing–and the way Solomon was questioned.
Gowdy later in the hearing had to step in as Washington, D.C. Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton, an attorney, took issue with Attorney General Alan Wilson’s statement to the panel that the NLRB is “engaged in prosecutorial misconduct.”
After Gov. Nikki Haley and the Attorney General answered questions, the panel ended at 3:40 p.m. The committee is still gathering documentation from the NLRB and will decide how to proceed from here. Another hearing has not been scheduled, but might be, according to Jeff Solsby of the House Oversight and Governmental Reform Committee, who says it’s still early in the process.
Local labor members held a protest before the hearing and issued a statement afterward.
Erin McKee, Charleston Labor Council president said:
The right-wing attacks on the NLRB have nothing to do with the facts of the case or the economy, and everything to do with politics. Working people play by the rules, and so should businesses. But corporate lobbyists and Republicans in Congress are attacking the National Labor Relations Board—a neutral, independent agency—for asking Boeing to play by the rules. The fact is that retaliating against workers—as Boeing’s own statements indicate it may have—is against the law.