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Pearce Votes to Restore Clarity to Labor-Management Relations

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce voted in favor of reducing regulatory uncertainty for businesses nationwide.

In 2011, the aerospace company Boeing opened a new aircraft manufacturing plant in South Carolina, instead of Washington state. Clearly, the company believed that constructing a plant in South Carolina would help the American based aircraft producer be a more viable company in the world market. Instead of celebrating and thanking Boeing for its investment in the American economy, the NLRB filed a lawsuit claiming Boeing violated federal labor laws by opening the plant in South Carolina (a pro-worker state) instead of Washington (a pro-union state). The NLRB wanted Boeing to scrap their $750 million investment, fire the thousands of people they had hired, and move the construction back to Washington - a demand that would have left thousands without work in an already unstable economy, made Boeing less competitive, and cost the American economy hundreds of millions of dollars.

"Actions by the NLRB to reduce our nation's competitiveness and stifle our economic growth, such as the Boeing example, should never be tolerated," said Pearce. "Despite the decision of a federal court ruling the NLRB appointments as unconstitutional, the NLRB continues to take action with unduly-appointed members that wreak havoc on American businesses every day. Today's legislation puts an end to the ambiguity, so that businesses can focus on creating jobs and moving our economy forward."

H.R. 1120 has received overwhelming support from scores of businesses, chambers of commerce, and business organizations across the country. The legislation requires the NLRB to cease activity requiring its unconstitutionally-appointed members, and prohibits the NLRB from enforcing actions taken since those appointments, until such time as all members of the NLRB are duly confirmed, or until the U.S. Supreme Court decides on the constitutionality of the appointments.

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