The Machinists union reached tentative agreement on a new four-year contract with Boeing, in a move that probably ends the dispute over moving a factory from Washington State to South Carolina, which prompted action from the NLRB against what they saw as an illegal labor violation:
It is not immediately clear what, if any, impact the new agreement, announced Wednesday, would have on a Boeing plant in South Carolina, where the company opened a new production line for its 787 airplane.
The National Labor Relations Board filed a lawsuit earlier this year alleging that Boeing violated labor laws by opening the South Carolina line. The agency claimed that Boeing was punishing Washington state workers for past strikes and said the company should return the work to Washington. Boeing has vigorously denied the charges, claiming it opened the South Carolina plant for valid economic reasons […]
The agreement would call for the new 737 Max aircraft to be built at union facilities in Renton, Washington, said Tom Wroblewski, president of Machinists Union District 751.
Wroblewski said that if union members vote to approve the deal in the coming weeks, the union would inform the NLRB that it has no further grievances with Boeing.
Lafe Solomon, acting general counsel at the labor board, called the agreement “a very significant and hopeful development.”
Since Solomon has wanted a settlement in the case all along, he would almost certainly drop the labor action against Boeing. And it seems that South Carolina would not get a production line out of it, so expect more tears from Lindsey Graham coming.
The Boeing/NLRB dispute has become a major issue in the Presidential race as well as in Congress, so this deprives GOP candidates of another angry recrimination against the Kenyan Muslim socialist’s labor goons destroying the free enterprise system. [cont’d.]
This also caps a good day for organized labor. In addition to the Boeing resolution, the state House in New Hampshire sustained a veto override from the Democratic governor on a “right to work” bill, meaning that collective bargaining is alive and well in the Granite State.
It wasn’t all good news on the labor front today. The aforementioned NLRB introduced a scaled-back rule on union elections, one which doesn’t go as far to stop management delays and intimidation that disrupt the electoral process. There will be a last-minute vote on this regulation this week, before the terms of more board members expire and the NLRB essentially goes into hibernation until more nominees can be confirmed or appointed.
The new plan cuts out many other proposed changes to union-election procedures that the agency has said would modernize the process. For instance, it leaves out an earlier provision that would require employers to provide the union with email addresses of employees who would be eligible to vote. Mr. Pearce has said he wants to pursue more of the original proposal later.
“These are modest but important reforms to help ensure that workers who want to vote to form a union at their workplace get a fair opportunity to do so,” said Josh Goldstein, a spokesman for union federation AFL-CIO.
The lone Republican on the panel, Brian Hayes, has threatened to not attend the meeting where this will get a vote, denying the board a quorum. We’ll see if he follows through.