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Boeing V. Graham

June 22, 2011
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Lindsey Graham is evil and must be destroyed – by the unions.

“…On Tuesday, Graham called the complaints “ridiculous”.

“It’s clear what this union complaint is about — it’s an effort to intimidate people like me who are speaking out against them,” said Graham in a statement. “I will not be intimidated. And it’s not going to stop me from fighting for the people of South Carolina.”

“The NLRB is an out-of-control bureaucracy trying to destroy thousands of jobs in our state,” Graham added. “I will not silently stand by and watch it happen.”…”

On May 20, the union representing Boeing workers in Washington State has filed a Senate ethics complaint against Lindsey. (PDF)

Now they’re a little ticked because he wants the entire NLRB defunded.

You’re not hearing much about it.  If the complaint had been filed against Jim DeMint, the conservative world would be up in arms.

The most fun is the fact that Lindsey is NOT the only person involved in the actions against the NLRB:

 

TMP

“…To staunch the flow of workers and job providers to Right to Work states, the IAM and its allies at the NLRB hope to make an example out of Boeing.

Even if they don’t ultimately prevail, the expenses Boeing will incur against this taxpayer-backed NLRB prosecution — not to mention years of potential uncertainty while the case winds its way through the courts — will give other employers pause before opening up shop in Right to Work states.

The message is clear: Disrupt unions’ forced-dues collection racket and face the wrath of bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. Thousands of unemployed workers and a billion dollars in lost investment are just collateral damage.

But South Carolina and other Right to Work states have good reason to stand up against this attack on employee free choice. Right to Work protections create more jobs and leave workers with more money in their pockets.

That combination of freedom and prosperity may threaten union bosses and government bureaucrats, but for citizens in South Carolina and other Right to Work states, it’s well worth fighting for.

Mark Mix is president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation (www.nrtw.org) and National Right to Work Committee (www.nrtwc.org)….”

Post and Courier

This is part of the complaint.

Union Complaint

Seattle PI

“…The IAM letter cites potentially unethical efforts by Sen. Graham and others to pressure NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon to drop the law enforcement proceeding against Boeing.

“I believe that prior to the issuance of the Boeing complaint on April 20th, Senator Lindsey Graham communicated with NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon in one or more attempts to pressure him not to do so,” said IAM General Counsel Chris Corson.

“I also believe that these communications included threats that the Senator would seek to defund or otherwise adversely affect the funding of the NLRB if the Boeing complaint were pursued.” The IAM letter also cites a letter from Sen. Graham to President Obama, in which Graham declares he will pursue sanctions against Solomon and the NLRB even if it turns out that the NLRB’s law enforcement action against Boeing is upheld.

“I don’t believe that a Senator or any other politician should be trying to interfere with and prevent a law enforcement trial,” said Corson, who cited possible violation of Senate Rule 43. “Americans expect law enforcement to be there for them when they are victimized by discrimination or other unlawful behavior.  When politicians intervene on behalf of a rich businessman or corporation in order to stop law enforcement from doing its job, our Constitution and rule of law are put in jeopardy.”

Back in April the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to issue a complaint charging the Boeing Company with illegal retaliation against Boeing employees in the Puget Sound area. According to the NLRB, Boeing’s conduct was “inherently destructive” of rights guaranteed to workers.

The NLRB’s complaint is in response to an Unfair Labor Practice charge filed by IAM District 751, which represents more than 25,000 Boeing employees in Washington state. The IAM charge cites repeated statements by senior Boeing executives that lawful, protected activity was the “overriding” factor in the decision to locate a 787 assembly line in South Carolina.

“Boeing’s decision to build a 787 assembly line in South Carolina sent a message that Boeing workers would suffer financial harm for exercising their collective bargaining rights,” said IAM Vice President Rich Michalski. “Federal labor law is clear: it’s illegal to threaten or penalize workers who engage in concerted activity.”…”

 

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  • jose maria

    What can the Senate Ethics Committee do to Lindsey except censure him? I don’t believe there has been an expulsion since 1862. Would they also censure DeMint, Coburn, Paul and others? It could get messy because Barbara Boxer is the Chairperson of the Ethics Committee. Anyway, as I said one time before, Unions can be goons. I know because I’ve been a union member. Unions are notorious for breaking the law too. I know what kind of threats they make to scabs (people crossing their picket lines) I hope Lindsey keeps on fighting.


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