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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 12:35 AM
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Union vote defuses NLRB controversy
Source: Politico

A Boeing Machinists union voted late Wednesday to approve a four-year contract extension, likely ending a months-long labor debate that provoked Republican attacks on the National Labor Relations Board and the White House.

Seventy-four percent of District 751 members voted to accept the deal. District 751 represents more than 45,000 active, laid-off and retired Boeing employees, most of them in Washington state. The contract increases wages and ensures Boeings new 737 MAX plane will be built in Washingtons Puget Sound region.

With members approval, the union said Wednesday that it will ask the NLRB to drop its lawsuit against Boeing, filed in April in reaction to Boeings decision to place a new plant in South Carolina a right-to-work state. The NLRB has argued that establishing a new plant in the Palmetto State was retaliation for union activities in Boeings Washington state facility.

An NLRB official told POLITICO that 751 needs to request the NLRB withdraw the grievance before it can take action. That could happen as early as Thursday.

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Populist_Prole Donating Member (774 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-08-11 01:57 AM
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1. SC is just a waypoint in Boeing's eventual move out of the USA. Bet on it.
This is just a tactical retreat for labor...a delaying action. Boeing has been making noise for years about desiring to become a "virtual" manufacturer of aircraft. Oh, some nice shiny mid-rise office towers in manicured office parks in the US, but everything else sourced, and assembled elsewhere.
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-09-11 02:03 PM
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2. WSJ Reports that NLRB has dropped the case
google the title "NLRB Withdraws Boeing Complaint" for full article
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