States Back Boeing Against NLRB

Law.com reports that the attorneys general of sixteen states have filed an amicus brief supporting Boeing against the National Labor Relations Board. Although the Boeing-NLRB dispute has become something of a partisan issue, the brief represents AGs from both parties and both right-to-work and non-right-to-work states. It was co-authored by the AGs from Texas ans South Carolina, and joined by those from Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia and Wyoming. Explaining the reason for the brief, SC AG Alan Wilson said in a press release: “Unless deterred, the NLRB’s unprecedented proceedings against a company’s private business decisions will cause irreparable harm to the business climate in every state and will undoubtedly create an exodus of jobs from our country.”

A brief of this sort is quite unusual at this stage in the proceedings. The case is currently before an NLRB administrative law judge. The ALJ holds a hearing on the case tomorrow. Meanwhile, the South Carolina Boeing plant at the center of the dispute opened last week.