Dems to Issa: Withdraw NLRB Boeing subpoenas

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"You may personally disagree with the laws Congress enacted to protect workers against discrimination," the letter continued. "You may also disagree with the judge's decision in this case upholding the laws. But it is not a legitimate use of the committee's authority to circumvent those laws on behalf of corporate interests."

Announcing the subpoenas last week, Issa said the "NLRB's action in the case against Boeing has the potential to create a job-killing precedent just as U.S. manufacturers are working toward economic recovery.

"That a Washington, D.C.-based bureaucracy could dictate the work location and parameters for a world-leading company is unprecedented in a global economy and hobbles a leading American job creator at a time of economic vulnerability," Issa said in a statement released by his office.

In a letter to Issa of his own, NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon said the subpoeans were unnecessary because the agency has cooperated with Issa's investigation.

"To date, this office has provided the committee with more than 1,500 pages of documents that should provide sufficient information to allow the committee to assess the legal merit of the Boeing complaint," Solomon wrote to Issa. "This office has repeatedly pledged to provide information in a manner that protects the rights of the parties to the case. In keeping with our commitment, today we are providing the committee with more than 4,300 pages of additional documents now available to all parties."

However, Solomon said the NLRB continues to be "gravely concerned about the adverse effect any premature release of certain documents subject to the subpoena would have on the rights of the parties to this case to have a fair trial."

Boeing opened its new 787 plant in Charleston, S.C., in June. But if the NLRB complaint is ultimately successful, the company could be forced to build the planes it intends to build there in Seattle.


The case before the administrative law judge in Seattle is expected to last several weeks.

This post was updated with new information at 1:13 p.m.