Chamber hits NLRB with ad campaign

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a new round of television ads Thursday targeting the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

Slated to run in Florida, Pennsylvania and Virginia, the ads take issue with the labor board’s April 20 complaint against Boeing for allegedly retaliating against union workers.

Boeing came under NLRB scrutiny when it started a production line in South Carolina for its new 787 Dreamliner jet after its executives expressed worries about work stoppages at their unionized operations in the state of Washington.

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“Telling employers where they can locate and who they can hire won’t grow the economy or create new jobs,” said Glenn Spencer, executive director of the Chamber's Workforce Freedom Initiative, in a statement. “Elected officials should stop the NLRB from pursuing its economically destructive agenda — now and next year.”

A Chamber spokesman said the business group doesn't discuss spending on ads but did say it was “a significant buy” and that the ads will run for a week.

The House passed legislation last month in response to the Boeing complaint. Rep. Tim Scott’s (R-S.C.) bill would prohibit the NLRB from ordering a company where to locate its employment. The Chamber also ran radio ads that criticized the labor board before Scott’s bill was voted on.

It’s not likely Scott's bill will be taken up in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The House is considering more action against the NLRB. Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, has sponsored legislation that would mandate more time for union elections, which came in response to the labor board’s proposed regulation to speed up union elections.

Kline's bill will likely get a vote on the House floor before the end of the year.

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