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  •  What threat did Boeing make to you? (1+ / 0-)
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    Was it one of these listed on the NLRB website:

    Threatening employees with loss of jobs or benefits if they join or vote for a union or engage in protected concerted activity.

    Threatening to close the plant if employees select a union to represent them.

    Questioning employees about their union sympathies or activities in circumstances that tend to interfere with, restrain or coerce employees in the exercise of their rights under the Act.

    Promising benefits to employees to discourage their union support.

    Transferring, laying off, terminating, assigning employees more difficult work tasks, or otherwise punishing employees because they engaged in union or protected concerted activity.

    Transferring, laying off, terminating, assigning employees more difficult work tasks, or otherwise punishing employees because they filed unfair labor practice charges or participated in an investigation conducted by NLRB.

    I'm really curious.  The complaint, in paragraph 6 (a) - (e) indicates that the threats were that Boeing as going to locate the second Dreamliner 787 assembly line somewhere else. Is that the threat you are talking about, or did they make some other threat?  

    •  This one plain as day (0+ / 0-)
      Promising benefits to employees to discourage their union support.

      Do you claim that keeping the work in the P.N.W. would not benefit workers in my local?

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

      by Lefty Coaster on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 08:38:21 PM PDT

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      •  The legal question, I think, (1+ / 0-)
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        is whether locating that new line is what the NLRA considers a "benefit" to a worker.  When the NLRB uses that term, they usually talk about employee benefits.  It will be interesting to see if the courts agree with you that locating a new assembly line can legally, under the Act, be construed as the kind of "benefit" the Act prohibits being used as a bargaining chip.

        If they do, it will be a very significant decision for more than just Boeing.  

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