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House of Representatives Passes Bill to Prevent NLRB From Ordering Relocation of Work

By Edwin S. Hopson

On July 19, 2011, in response to the NLRB’s issuance of complaint against Boeing arising out of Boeing’s decision to build a number of its new 787 Dreamliners in a non-union plant in South Carolina, a bill entitled The Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act, H.R.2587, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representative Tim Scott (R-SC).  In part, it would amend the National Labor Relations Act so as to prohibit the NLRB from ordering any employer to relocate, shutdown or transfer employment under any circumstances, and would apply to all cases not yet fully adjudicated before the Board.

H.R. 2587 on September 15, 2011, passed the House of Representatives with a vote of 238 to 186.  Those voting in favor included some 7 Democratic members of the House.  Eight Republicans voted against the bill. Passage of this measure in the Democratically controlled Senate is doubtful at this time.