Georgia’s senior senator along with 10 GOP colleagues wrote a letter to President Obama concerning the nomination of Lafe Solomon as General Council of the National Labor Relations Board. The senators expressed concern about Solomon’s comments on taking similar actions that the NLRB took against Boeing earlier this year.
You can read the full letter below the fold:
Dear President Obama:
We are writing to urge you to withdraw the nomination of Acting General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Lafe Solomon. We were alarmed to read Mr. Solomon’s comments published by the Associated Press on December 9, 2011. Mr. Solomon threatened, “if we were ever faced with a similar pattern, we might well issue a complaint.”
This statement is a direct assault on business expansion in right-to-work states. American employers should have the freedom to make private business decisions without the threat of a government-appointed official filing disparaging and costly litigation. Especially during this economic climate, this sort of bullying by a federal official whom you have handpicked cannot be tolerated. In light of Mr. Solomon’s recent actions and continued threats, your withdrawal of Mr. Solomon’s nomination as General Counsel to the NLRB would send a powerful signal that you will not allow intimidation and inappropriate interference by one of your nominees for a powerful post.
Instead of serving as an unbiased adjudicating body that protects the rights of employees and employers, the NLRB has demonstrated an unprecedented and unacceptable overreach of authority. Mr. Solomon’s recent threat is further pressuring every employer to think twice about relocating within the U.S., while facing no retribution for moving outside the country.
This fear among American businesses to relocate and expand in the U.S. originated from Mr. Solomon’s complaint against Boeing filed on April 20, 2011. Mr. Solomon claimed that Boeing’s decision to open a second production line for its 787 Dreamliner in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, was an act of retaliation against unionized workers at its first production line in the State of Washington. However, the facts against this claim are unyielding: not one person in the State of Washington lost a job due to this business decision. Rather, 2,000 additional people were hired for the first production line following the decision. On December 9, 2011, the NLRB withdrew its complaint. Clearly having learned nothing from the initial pursuit against Boeing, Mr. Solomon’s threat to repeat such a misguided NLRB complaint demonstrates a complete disregard for the law and common sense; thus, this request to withdraw Mr. Solomon’s nomination.
We seek a shared goal – to make America the best place to do business. Unfortunately, we continue to hear from businesses that the economic climate, massive government debt, regulatory burdens, and overall government intervention in private business stifles job growth and creation. It is critically important that we keep American businesses from moving abroad by fostering an economic winning atmosphere in the U.S. Withdrawing Mr. Solomon’s nomination would be an important first step.