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Romney’s bogus attack on President Obama and the NLRB

In a campaign statement, Mitt Romney attacked President Obama’s decision to use his authority to appoint members to the National Labor Relations Board, smearing the bureau as an "unaccountable and out-of-control agency" and saying the decision would "create uncertainty for businesses."


With this statement, it’s clear that Mitt is not just attacking President Obama but the NLRB itself—an organization whose core mission is to uphold and enforce the nation’s labor laws.That means protecting workers who have been illegally fired or penalized for exercising their right to organize by restoring their jobs and lost pay, ensuring that employers recognize unions where workers have chosen to form them, and making sure that elections are free from interference.

Normally consisting of five members, the NLRB was down to just two because of Senate Republicans’ obstruction of replacement appointments. Precedent dictates that three members of the board come from the President’s party and two from the opposing party.

By appointing both Republicans and Democrats, the President ensures the NLRB is fully operational and can continue to fulfill its responsibilities under the law. Mitt Romney seems more concerned with attacking fair policies for working Americans.

The Romney campaign has also released a television ad that attacks President Obama for allowing the NLRB to block Boeing from building a plant in South Carolina, accusing the board of ‘saying to a free enterprise like Boeing, you can’t build a factory in South Carolina because South Carolina is a right-to-work state.’

In actuality, the NLRB filed a complaint against Boeing over its decision to build a jet factory in South Carolina rather than ramp up production at its existing union facility in Washington state.

Politifact investigated the former governor’s claim and issued this ruling:

“The NLRB as a whole didn’t tell Boeing anything. What’s more, the legal basis for the action centered on whether Boeing was punishing the union for staging strikes, not that Boeing had opened a factory in a right-to-work state. We rate the statement false.”