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December 11, 2011

On Friday, December 9, 2011, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) made an announcement that it was ending its case against Boeing, in which it accused, on behalf of a union, of
violating the National Labor Relations Action by opening a new aircraft plant in South Carolina instead of Washington State.

The NLRB stated that it was dropping the case after the union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), urged it to end the case. The change by the IAMAW came after it had struck a deal with Boeing to raise wages and expand jet production in Washington.

Despite the fact the case is now closed, a great political battle between the Republicans and the Obama Administration began and continues. Republicans have called the case a strong
example of regulatory overreach by the Obama Administration and have stated that federal government has no business telling private employers where they can and cannot built factories.

Although the case is closed, the Republicans have stated that they would continue to move forward to disable the NLRB. Much of this has been successfully done to date by Republicans as they continue to place indefinite holds on any appointee that President Obama makes to the NLRB. At the moment, the typical five member board has only three members and will drop to two in January. Without at least three members according to a Supreme Court ruling last year, the NLRB will be placed in a neutered position where it cannot issue any ruling for future cases.

In addition to this case, both Republicans and many employers remain concerned about other board actions such as the pending rule to speed up unionization elections.  12.11.2011