Let's get real: The landmark deal reached between Boeing and its union machinists is a "win-win" for both parties. The editorial " The Boeing case: Clip the NLRB's wings " (Dec. 13 and TribLIVE.com) fails to recognize that this agreement, which ensures family-supporting pay for thousands of workers and settles the National Labor Relations Board's complaint against the company, is a testament to the need for collective bargaining in today's workplaces -- not the impetus for more attacks on the NLRB.
In fact, the settlement is proof that right-wing lawmakers' unprecedented interference with the agency for its investigation of the Boeing dispute wasn't just unethical, it was a complete waste of time. It's clear now that the war on the NLRB was about scoring political points and had nothing to do with creating jobs or reaching a timely, mutually beneficial resolution for Boeing and its workers.
So the next time right-wing politicians stir up controversy about the NLRB, no one should be fooled. These attacks won't help companies and their employees work together for a brighter future -- and they certainly won't create any jobs.
Kimberly Freeman Brown
The writer is executive director of American Rights at Work (americanrightsatwork.org).
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