NLRB general counsel can't provide evidence that Boeing action cost union jobs 

Testifying in a field hearing held by the House Oversight Committee in South Carolina, National Labor Relations' Board acting general counsel Lafe Solomon couldn't provide evidence that Boeing opening a non-union facility in the state cost union jobs or was retaliatory, even though that's central to the lawsuit he filed against the company.

Bloomberg reports:

“Can you name me a single, solitary worker in Washington state” who lost jobs or benefits? asked Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina. “Where is the retaliation?”

Solomon repeatedly responded that he couldn’t “at this time” provide evidence of such an effect. “We believe evidence will show Boeing was motivated by retaliation,” he said.

I guess I have this naive view that standard procedure should be to first gather evidence, then file a lawsuit if the evidence supports the case. But evidently when it comes to labor issues, the Obama administration policy is to act first at the behest of union bosses, and then gather evidence after the fact. Solomon's statement seems to acknowledge that they have no actual case at the moment.

Solomon also expressed regret that the 1,000 workers that Boeing hired in South Carolina now fear losing their jobs as a result of his drastic action: “These are difficult economic times, and I truly regret the anxiety this case has caused them and their families...The issuance of the complaint was not intended to harm the workers of South Carolina but rather to protect the rights of workers.”

It's pretty mind-blowing that a government lawyer would not contemplate the fact that suing a company to close a production line would cost jobs of the workers who were hired to assemble planes at that new production line. But when you're an Obama administration official, it isn't surprising that you'd conflate the interests of big labor with the interests of actual workers.

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