Jul 11, 2011 - 10:15am

Is the NLRB Becoming a Political Liability?


Senior Vice President, Employment Policy Division
 
It might be too early to call it a trend, but President Obama has once again expressed his hope that the National Labor Relations Board’s controversial lawsuit against Boeing can be resolved quickly.  In an interview with KING-TV, Obama said he hopes this can be done without “wasting a lot of time in court.”  We couldn’t agree more.  However, as noted before, it’s the President’s nominee for General Counsel of the NLRB, Lafe Solomon, who is insisting that the unwarranted case go forward.
 
In the interview, the President stated that “businesses should be able to locate wherever they want to operate,” and that America is “competing against folks around the world who are after our jobs and our businesses and our market share.”  This is all too true, which makes it surprising that the White House continues to support a nominee who seems unconcerned about these realities.
 
Unfortunately, it’s not just the Boeing case that’s a problem.  Solomon’s pursuit of the complaint is emblematic of the NLRB’s new philosophy — that the National Labor Relations Act exists merely to expand the power of unions and their influence over our economy. 
 
Virtually every major newspaper that has written on the Boeing complaint has found it to be an absurd interpretation and implementation of the NLRA that threatens job creation.  Perhaps the President has come around to this same view.  Or, more importantly, the White House may be starting to see the NLRB’s lawsuit as a political liability that needs to go away.  Yet with their nominee leading the charge, this wish is likely to go unfulfilled.
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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.