Jun 29, 2011 - 4:24pm

President Obama Enters Boeing Fray, Increasing Pressure on NLRB Nominee


Senior Vice President, Employment Policy Division
During a mid-day press conference today, President Obama for the first time weighed in on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) highly-controversial complaint against The Boeing Company.
According to Politico’s 44 live blog, the president responded to a question about the complaint by stating the following:
On the NLRB/Boeing part of the question, Obama says: "It's an independent agency. It's going before a judge. So I don't want to get into the details of the case. I don't know all the facts. That's going to be for a judge to decide."

He does say that companies need to have the "freedom to relocate," and that "if they're choosing to relocate here in the United States, that's a good thing." He says it doesn't make sense to shut down a plant "because labor and management can't come to a sensible agreement."

Obama says he hopes people step back and focus on creating jobs in the country. (12:09 p.m.)
The president couldn’t be more right that creating jobs ought to be the focus. Unfortunately, it is his nominee that has created the distraction by filing the unwarranted complaint against Boeing. 
With the president seemingly advocating a “sensible agreement” in the case, the NLRB’s acting General Counsel might be wondering if it has come time to find a face-saving way out of this fiasco. 
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Senior Vice President, Employment Policy Division

Glenn Spencer is senior vice president of the Employment Policy division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.