By Bernie Becker - 05/04/11 03:26 AM EDT
Alexander and Graham’s legislation would look to ensure that NLRB or union contracts don’t supersede state law in right-to-work states. It would also bar the NLRB from moving forward with its case against Boeing, and from taking any similar action in the future.
Nick Simpson, an Alexander spokesman, said the legislation would likely be a standalone bill and not an amendment to the small-business measure being debated in the Senate.
“We’re not forcing anybody to be a member of a union,” Graham said of the new legislation on the Senate floor. “We’re just saying if a state like South Carolina and Tennessee chooses to be a right-to-work state, that cannot be held against them.”
For its part, the NLRB said in its complaint against Boeing that the company had made the second production facility non-union in South Carolina as retaliation for past strikes and to try to warn against future ones.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has also been sharply critical of the NLRB decision.