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Kline and Roe Express Disappointment with NLRB's Inadequate Response to Congressional Inquiry

"The general counsel's office has offered to discuss our request further, and we intend to take them up on their offer."

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Washington, May 24, 2011 | comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Today, Republican leaders on the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce responded to the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) failure to provide requested documents related to its complaint against The Boeing Company. On May 5th, Chairman John Kline (R-MN) and Representative Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) requested information from the NLRB to address questions surrounding the timing of the Boeing complaint, as well as concerns about public statements made by NLRB officials.

"The NLRB is not immune from congressional oversight or public scrutiny," said Chairman Kline. "While this insufficient response is not entirely unexpected from today’s board, it is still extremely disappointing. In the case of Boeing, there are legitimate questions over public statements made by NLRB officials and the timing of its complaint. The American people deserve a full explanation and Congress has a right to a complete response. The general counsel's office has offered to discuss our request further, and we intend to take them up on their offer."

"The troubling allegations the NLRB has filed against Boeing warrant further investigation," said Rep. Phil Roe, chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions. "I am disappointed the NLRB chose not to fully respond to important inquires made in the letter because the American people deserve answers. While all the facts in this case are still in dispute, thousands of jobs are at risk in South Carolina. The extreme remedy demanded by the NLRB will have a detrimental effect on local economies and a chilling effect on the American workforce. I am very concerned about NLRB's actions in this matter, and will be exploring these allegations further."

"Congress cannot stand by while the NLRB attempts to impose sweeping changes to labor laws that govern the nation's workplaces," continued Chairman Kline. "For more than two years, the Obama board has pursued an activist agenda that champions the interests of Big Labor over the interests of all American workers. Republicans have pledged to make job creation a leading priority, and our oversight of the NLRB will remain an important part of that effort."

To read the May 5th letter by Chairman Kline and Rep. Roe, click here.

To read the NLRB's response, click here.


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