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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 08:11 AM
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NLRB Acting General Counsel announces close of Boeing case
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NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon made the following announcement today:

I am very happy to announce that my office has approved the withdrawal of a charge by the Machinists union against the Boeing Co., which brings our case in this matter to an end.

The union asked to withdraw the charge following the ratification of a four-year collective bargaining agreement between its members and Boeing earlier this week. Based on that request, the administrative law judge presiding over the case dismissed the complaint and remanded the case to our regional office in Seattle for further processing. This morning, Regional Director Richard Ahearn approved the unions written request to withdraw the charge, and the case is now closed.

This is the outcome we have always preferred, and one that is typical for our agency. About 90% of meritorious NLRB cases are resolved as a result of agreements between the parties or settlements with the agency before the conclusion of litigation.

One of the stated goals of the National Labor Relations Act is to foster collective bargaining and productive labor-management relations. From the beginning of this case, and at every step in the process, we have encouraged the parties to find a mutually-acceptable resolution that protects the rights of workers under federal labor law. The parties collective bargaining agreement, ratified this week, does just that.

After we issued complaint in April, and as the trial began in June, the parties came to realize that their mutual success required a new approach. The result is a contract that helps guarantee their success and creates job security for workers. I am pleased that the collective bargaining process has succeeded and that the parties have begun a promising new chapter in their relationship.



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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 08:24 AM
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1. Excellent news. nt
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rpannier Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 08:46 AM
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2. That'll make Jiudge Anderson happy
He was planning on retiring next year and he was sure this case would be going on for longer
He and my father were NLRB judges together for quite some time
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Citizen Worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 10:10 AM
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3. Mark your calendars. This sets a very dangerous precedent and means that the NLRB is subject to
political pressure.
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former9thward Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 01:29 PM
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5. The NLRB has always been subject to political pressure.
When I was in law school I worked for the NLRB. The attorneys there told me every time there was a change in political parties in the presidency labor case law coming from the NLRB would reverse.
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Citizen Worker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 02:18 PM
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6. Yes, I know all too well but where this is dangerous, in my opinion, is that this action by the
Union is a trade off for an ill defined promise by management. An agreement with no enforceability.
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cyclezealot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 11:19 AM
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4. Role of Darrel Issa's investigations..
Issa is all atwitter because he thinks the NLRB backed down.. Not true.. 1. The NLRB never ruled on Boeing's right to build a plant in S.C... They ruled on Boeing's threats against their Washington State workers... The NLRB did not back down, from the get go they tried to take on the role of peace maker between Boeing and its workers . The NLRB courageously fought to do its job against Gobber pressure in the U.S. House.. Instead, the NLRB ended the case when Boeing workers in Washington State ended their challenge . Again Issa lied on two scores...
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