NLRB Acting General Counsel Solomon Ends Case Against Boeing; Other Challenges Lie Ahead for NLRB

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The National Labor Relations Board often toils in anonymity and regularly enjoys periods of time during which no one pays much attention to what it does or the identity of its members. Over the past two years, however, the Democrat-dominated NLRB has been under white hot scrutiny for a variety of reasons including the views of its members (see former Chairman Wilma Liebman and soon-to-be-former Member Craig Becker), its handling of social media issues, its controversial rulemaking initiatives, and its recent reversal of past decisions. In addition, NLRB critics have zeroed in on the enforcement efforts of the NLRB's Acting General Counsel, Lafe Solomon and, in particular, his efforts to prosecute Boeing for its allegedly unlawful decision to build a plant in South Carolina.

Mr. Solomon and the Board may have received a brief reprieve from the criticism directed against them by virtue of recently concluded contract negotiations between Boeing and the Machinists union. As a result of negotiations which resulted in job security protections for Machinist-represented Boeing employees in Washington, the Union agreed to withdraw its charge against Boeing. As a result, and not surprisingly, Mr. Solomon agreed to honor the Union's request, thus effectively closing the NLRB's case against Boeing...

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