The House of Representatives today passed The Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587) which would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer a business. The bill, introduced by Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC), on July 19, 2011 passed the House by a vote of 238-186.
The bill is aimed, in part, at stopping the NLRB from proceeding with its complaint against the Boeing Co. with respect to the opening of its new South Carolina facility. By its terms, if it passes, the Act would apply to "any complaint for which a final adjudication has not been made by the date of enactment." Rep. Scott was quoted in the Examiner:
“Today’s vote is important for our entire nation, as well as for my home district in South Carolina, where the NLRB is currently pursuing an agenda which, if successful, would kill thousands of jobs…. By removing the NLRB’s ability to dictate where private industry creates jobs, we are preventing an unelected, presidentially appointed government board from pitting state against state, inserting themselves into the business decisions of private companies, and scaring away investment in our nation.”
The bill passed largely along party lines — as it did previously in Committee — so it is little shock that House Democrats were quick to denounce the bill in strenuous terms. The Education and the Workforce Committee Democrats posted on their website YouTube clips of Reps. George Miller (D-CA) and Robert Andrews (D-NJ) speaking critically of the bill on the House floor.
A related bill (S. 1523), introduced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is pending in the Senate.
The Boeing case is currently proceeding before an NLRB administrative law judge in Seattle.