A quick update at the end of an active day for NLRB news –
At its meeting this afternoon, the Board voted to approve Chairman Pearce’s resolution which moves forward the preparation of a final rule on some of the Board’s proposed rules related to the timing and procedure of representation elections. The vote was 2-1, with Member Hayes voting against. (Hayes also acknowledged the speculation over his resignation and said that he ultimately decided not to resign because he believed that his resignation would cause harm to the agency just as the proposed rules would and that he could not be credibly critical of the proposed rules if he had decided to resign.) Video of the hearing will be posted on the Board’s website when available.
Also reported this afternoon was a rumored agreement between Boeing and the Machinists union which would resolve the on-going NLRB case against Boeing related to its movement of work to a plant in South Carolina. It appears the agreement would allow Boeing to keep production of its 787 aircraft in South Carolina in exchange for a commitment to build its new 737 MAX aircraft in Washington.
Check back later in the week for more analysis of these developments.
“Boeing, Machinists reach sweeping agreement” (Seattle Times)
“Boeing, union in early deal, would end NLRB case” (Reuters)© 2013 BARNES & THORNBURG LLP