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September 27, 2011
Scott asks Senate leader to schedule vote on NLRB bill
Source: Charleston Regional Business Journal
By: Matt Tomsic

Rep. Tim Scott urged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday to schedule a vote on a House bill that would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any business to close or relocate.

Scott’s bill, called the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act, passed 238-186 in the House on Sept. 15. Eight Democrats joined 230 Republicans for the passage.

“The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has more than a dozen remedies if it finds that an employer has violated the NLRA (National Labor Relations Act),” Scott, R-S.C., wrote to Reid, a Democrat representing Nevada. “We do not believe these remedies should include the destruction of jobs, especially with national unemployment at 9.1%.”

Scott referred to the NLRB complaint against Boeing for opening a final assembly and delivery plant in North Charleston. The NLRB argues the new facility constitutes retaliation against Boeing workers in Washington state for previous strikes.

Boeing named the pros and cons in a presentation that became part of its NLRB case and was released last week by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

According to an August 2009 board meeting presentation, locating another plant in South Carolina would benefit the company by providing an alternative site for final assembly and delivery, through synergy with other projects and by creating a baseline for other programs.

The risks, as outlined in the presentation, included capability and capacity of duel-source suppliers, an inexperienced workforce, customer acceptance, duplication of Boeing technical support and labor disruptions on existing lines.

The presentation noted that South Carolina “risks achieving timely rate requirements,” while Puget Sound would “not create long-term change in union leverage.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has introduced a companion bill for Scott’s legislation. The bill, S. 1523, was referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.

During a committee hearing, Graham also introduced an amendment to an NLRB appropriations bill. The amendment would prohibit the NLRB from using funds to order an employer to restore or reinstate work a business moves elsewhere, unless that business fails to notify its union of the economic reasons for the move or if the move was a response to union recruiting at a nonunion workplace.

Graham Spokesman Kevin Bishop said the amendment failed 15-15 in the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.

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