NLRB Faces Backlash on Eve of Boeing Hearing

Rob Bluey /

An administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board takes up the agency’s dubious charges against Boeing tomorrow in Seattle. The hearing comes at a time when the NLRB, currently controlled by liberal appointees, is facing widespread backlash for its decision.

The dispute between Boeing and the NLRB came up at Monday’s presidential debate in New Hampshire. Republican candidates criticized the federal agency for meddling in a private company’s business decisions.

Boeing had already built its plant in South Carolina and hired workers when the NLRB sued to stop it. The NLRB’s action was viewed as retaliation against a right-to-work state in favor of heavily unionzed Washington state.

Now the case goes before an NLRB judge, whose hearing in Seattle is drawing significant attention.