Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon testifies at Oversight Committee field hearing in South Carolina
June 17, 2011Contact:
Office of Public Affairs
NLRB Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon today appeared before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform at a field hearing in South Carolina called regarding his decision to issue a complaint against the Boeing Company on April 20.
In his opening statement, Mr. Solomon said he would do his best to answer the questions of committee members while also protecting the due process rights of all parties in the ongoing case. “I am actively involved in overseeing the Boeing litigation and in strategic decisions necessary for the prosecution of this case,” he noted. “My obligation to protect the independence of the Office of the General Counsel and the integrity of the enforcement process restricts my ability to offer insight into the decision-making here.”
The Acting General Counsel also described the Agency’s investigative process, and his attempts to facilitate a settlement before the complaint was issued. He said, “The issuance of the complaint was not intended to harm the workers of South Carolina, but rather, to protect the rights of workers, regardless of where they are employed, to engage in activities protected by the National Labor Relations Act, without fearing discrimination. Boeing has every right to manufacture planes in South Carolina, or anywhere else, for that matter, as long as those decisions are based on legitimate business considerations.”