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  •  The thing is, the NLRB's complaint (3+ / 0-)
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    Chinton, Sue B, KJG52

    is pretty standard. The thing that's out of the ordinary is the fuss over it. It's not up to us or to anyone outside the legal process to make the call.

    The thing to do is let the NLRB's complaint go forward and see if it's found to have merit by the court. Instead, Republicans are trying to politicize it and take it out of the realm of due process.

    •  Pretty standard? (1+ / 0-)
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      WillR

      Evidence?  If the NLRB wins this case, which I highly doubt, Boeing and other manufacturers will build their new factories out of the U.S.

    •  Pretty standard? (1+ / 0-)
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      libnewsie

      Can you point me to the last time the NLRB took an action like this? Was Truman still President?

      •  Well its time to start enforcing the law (2+ / 0-)
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        KJG52, roadbear

        even if it has gone un-enforced for too long.

        Boeing held a gun to our head to accept a crap contract and we said NO! This is following through on a treat made to influence a vote. Corporations are prohibited from threatening workers.

        Plutocracy too long tolerated leaves democracy on the auction block, subject to the highest bidder ~ Bill Moyers

        by Lefty Coaster on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 08:32:20 PM PDT

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      •  The last time? (2+ / 0-)
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        KJG52, roadbear

        I'm not exactly certain, since as a retiree I no longer have access to Westlaw.  But one 2007 case in San Francisco is pretty close.  It's called Fresh Organics, 350 NLRB No. 32.  In that case a four store retail grocery/vitamin chain closed one of its stores to avoid a union organizing drive.   It first outright fired two employees and then followed that by closing the store resulting in 29 employees losing their jobs, using store remodeling as a ruse.  The normal board order would have required the company to reopen the store, rehire all the employees and pay them backpay with interest.  Unfortunately, the old building needed to be demolished because of structural defects that were discovered and there was no place to immediately reinstate them.  So the Board modified the remedy putting the employees on a preferential rehire list for its other stores, together with a backpay order.

        As you can see, the case was also a retaliation (or perhaps a prophylactic action) to prevent a union from organizing.  And it cost the company big time.  

        The Board panel in the case included two Republican members (Schaumber and Kirsanow.)  Schaumber is now whining about the Boeing case, calling it "unprecedented."  Not sure how he can do that since he's part of the precedent.  Guess it's just whose paying him now.

        There may be more recent cases, but there are certainly plenty of other modern cases following the Darlington Mills model of 1965.  The runaway shop is well-known to the NLRB.

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