Jun 13, 2011 - 11:54am

Rep. Issa Sticks to His Guns; NLRB General Counsel to Appear at Boeing Field Hearing


Senior Vice President, Employment Policy Division
 
Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) pledged that the new Republican majority in the House of Representatives would hold tough oversight hearings and he is certainly living up to his word. The most recent example is an Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB’s) lawsuit against Boeing scheduled for June 17 (click here for background on the case). 
 
Rep. Issa had asked NLRB General Counsel Lafe Solomon to testify at the hearing. As Solomon is leading the charge to tell Boeing where it can and cannot produce airplanes — a stance that threatens to wipe out thousands of jobs in South Carolina and dramatically expand the NLRB’s authority over economic activity — the Committee apparently felt his testimony would be of some importance. However, Solomon initially refused to attend the hearing. This might not be surprising given the shaky foundation of the case and the unprecedented remedy demanded, but Issa stuck to his guns and threatened a subpoena if necessary to have Solomon appear.
 
According to today’s Daily Labor Report (subscription required), Solomon has now decided to testify. While it will be interesting to hear what he has to say with regard to Boeing, the Committee will hopefully use this opportunity to question Solomon about the many other questionable activities at the NLRB, particularly cases like Specialty Health Care that could allow unions to carve up micro-bargaining units; and a potential rulemaking on cyber card check that would force workers out of the privacy of the voting booth; and a potential shortening of the election window; and the use of “special remedies” to give unions access to private property; and, well, you get the idea. This NLRB seems to view its mission as rebuilding union power and influence at all costs, so there’s a lot to cover.
 
It’s not quite Independence Day, but there should be no shortage of fireworks on June 17.
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Glenn Spencer is senior vice president of the Employment Policy division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.