Vows To Fight Unfair U.S. Labor Practices Ruling
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[May 17, 2014]
By Alwyn Scott
SEATTLE (Reuters) - Boeing
Co <BA.N> vowed on Friday to contest a ruling that found
the plane maker committed unfair labor practices against
its unionized engineers near Seattle and in Portland,
Oregon, when it photographed and videotaped workplace
marches in 2012.
The U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) said on Thursday that
Boeing's videotaping of union marches, and its restrictions on
personal photography by employees, violated labor law.
On Friday, Boeing said it did not think there was a legal basis for
the decision and vowed to overturn it.
"The decision represents an unjustified and unprecedented intrusion
into our right to protect the security of our facilities and
proprietary information," Boeing labor spokesman Tim Healy said in a
"The law does not require employers to permit unregulated
photography within the workplace, or to ignore the disruption and
safety concerns created by in-plant marches, and we intend to take
all necessary steps to ensure that this decision is overturned," the
The federal decision required Boeing to "cease and desist" and post
a notice, within the next two weeks, saying employees are entitled
to join a union and participate in union activities.
The decision by Administrative Law Judge Gerald Etchingham also
requires Boeing to rescind its security and management policies that
call for photographing and videotaping rallies and marches in or
near the factory.
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"This ruling is a searing indictment of the illegal intimidation
tactics Boeing uses against its own employees," said Ray Goforth,
executive director of the Society of Professional Engineering
Employees in Aerospace, which filed the NLRB complaint against
The NLRB said the violations occurred during contract talks in 2012
when Boeing observed and recorded "peaceful solidarity walks or
marches in and around" Boeing plants in Renton and Everett,
Washington, and Portland.
(Editing by Eric Walsh and Tom Brown)
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