Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Is the NLRB Stonewalling Boeing Investigation?

I have been trying to follow the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) suit brought against Boeing for attempting to move part of the 787 Dreamliner manufacturing process to South Carolina. South Carolina is a right-to-work state, which gives workers the choice whether or not they want to join a union. The NLRB, as an extension of Obama’s pro-union platform, is very much against Boeing building the plane in South Carolina.

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The NLRB’s actions have garnered attention in the House, with Rep Dan Issa (R-CA) chairing an oversight committee charged with looking into the possibility that the NLRB has over stepped it’s charter and brought the suit not because of any wrongdoing on the part of Boeing, but because the unions ask them.

It looks like the NLRB is stonewalling the oversight committee (big surprise there). Rep Issa has requested documents pertaining to the case and so far it looks like the NLRB has not turned over the all the documents as requested.

An oversight committee has subpoena powers and Issa has threatened to do just that if the NLRB doesn’t turn over the documents in a timely fashion.

All the more power I say. The Obama administration promised to be the most transparent administration of all time. But the stonewalling on this and many other issues do not support that promise.

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