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Obama Nominates Boeing Board Member for Commerce Secretary

By on 6.1.11 | 10:05AM

After his appointees to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) sued Boeing for expanding operations in a right-to-work state rather than a heavily unionized state, President Obama is coming under fire for naming businessman John Bryson, a Boeing board member, as his new secretary of commerce. The Hill reports:

The conservative Workforce Fairness Institute (WFI) said Monday afternoon that Boeing's decision must be OK if Obama thinks a member of its board of directors should be in his Cabinet.

"Weeks after the National Labor Relations Board issued a complaint against Boeing for building a facility in South Carolina, President Obama has decided to name a member of the company's board as a nominee to his Cabinet," WFI spokesman Fred Wszolek said in a statement. "This comes on the heels of disclosures showing Bill Daley, the White House chief of staff, was also working with Boeing when the company decided to set up shop in a right-to-work state in order to meet demand for their 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

"President Obama has a choice to make: Either stop hiring individuals from a company his regulatory agency believes violated federal labor law, or tell Lafe Solomon to cease action against Boeing," Wszolek continued.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) recently told reporters in a conference call that Daley should take leave from his job as White House chief of staff if Obama truly believes Boeing broke the law.

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