Rep. Issa: NLRB Victory Will Mean The "Forced Unionization Of America"

June 21, 2011 11:49 am ET — Brian Powell

Appearing on Fox News' Fox & Friends this morning, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) resorted to his usual tactic of hyperbolic misinformation when complaining about an indictment by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against Boeing, warning that if the suit succeeds, it will mean the "forced unionization of America."

The case revolves around the allegation that Boeing has violated federal labor laws by retaliating against unionized workers who had previously gone on strike in Washington by moving work to a factory in South Carolina. Issa and conservatives in the media are characterizing the case as unique and an attack on "right to work" states like South Carolina.

But contrary to Issa's assertions, experts have said that an NLRB victory in the Boeing case would not set a new precedent. Labor law experts say that if the allegations against Boeing are true, this is a "classic case" of labor law violations and NLRB is "simply enforcing the law" and "carrying out its congressionally mandated mission."

From Fox & Friends:

BRIAN KILMEADE: In this time when the economy's bad and jobs are scarce, Boeing decided to put a plant into South Carolina and start building. What happened?

ISSA: This is the strangest distortion of U.S. law. Under a 1935 act, you have the ability to stop a company from retribution, from reprisals, for a strike or some other union activity. In this case, Boeing is expanding. They've added 3,000 jobs in Everett, Wash. - this is the Seattle area plant.

KILMEADE: Union jobs.

ISSA: Union jobs. They're adding 1,000 jobs in South Carolina, in Charleston. That happened to be a plant that voted out the union - it's a right to work state, they voted out the union. What's happening is NLRB has come in and said, 'No you can't add that 1,000 jobs, you have to add all 4,000 jobs in Seattle, otherwise it's a reprisal.'

If we set a standard that if you don't continually expand upon your union base - if you ever try to expand outside of your union base, it's a reprisal - it is literally the forced unionization of America.