Senator: Thumbs Down on Obama Appointee to National Labor Relations Board
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
By Nicholas Ballasy (CNSNews.com) – Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has called on President Barack Obama to dismiss Lafe Solomon, the acting general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over the board’s decision to file a complaint against The Boeing Company for moving one of their assembly lines to South Carolina, a right-to-work state.
“Mr. Solomon, the guy who filed the complaint, is so out of line. I understand presidents picking someone sympathetic to their agenda, but they have some obligation under the law to follow the law, so I think he’s an interim appointee who will never see confirmation in the Senate,” Graham told CNSNews.com following a press conference at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday where Republican members of Congress criticized the NLRB’s complaint.
Solomon defended his decision in a statement issued yesterday.
“There is nothing remarkable or unprecedented about the complaint issued against the Boeing Company on April 20. The complaint involves matters of fact and law that are not unique to this case,” he said.
“It was issued only after a thorough investigation in the field, a further careful review by our attorneys in Washington, and an invitation by me to the parties to present their case and discuss the possibility of a settlement. Only then did I authorize the complaint alleging that certain statements and decisions by Boeing officials were discriminatory under our statute.”