Jim McNerney, president and CEO of The Boeing Company, refutes the complaint against the company by the National Labor Relations Board in an op-ed to be published in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal. The column, “Boeing Is Pro-Growth, Not Anti-Union,” also delineates the threat that the NLRB’s unprecedented complaint represents to U.S. competitiveness. Excerpt:
The NLRB is wrong and has far overreached its authority. Its action is a fundamental assault on the capitalist principles that have sustained America’s competitiveness since it became the world’s largest economy nearly 140 years ago. We’ve made a rational, legal business decision about the allocation of our capital and the placement of new work within the U.S. We’re confident the federal courts will reject the claim, but only after a significant and unnecessary expense to taxpayers.
More worrisome, though, are the potential implications of such brazen regulatory activism on the U.S. manufacturing base and long-term job creation. The NLRB’s overreach could accelerate the overseas flight of good, middle-class American jobs.
See also Boeing’s “final answer” filed in response to the (available here) to the NLRB’s complaint and the company’s letter last week rebutting assertions made by the NLRB’s acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon.