Monday, June 13, 2011

Senator DeMint Files FOIA Request Against NLRB for Information on Boeing Complaint

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) last week sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in an effort to "bring transparency" to what DeMint says was a partisan decision by the board to sue Boeing. From "The Hill" on the FOIA request:

DeMint is looking for evidence that the suit was a result of coordination between the NLRB and the International Association of Machinists (IAM), and believes he has found it.

Specifically, he cited the April 2011 edition of Aero Mechanic, the newsletter of the IAM Local 751, the same local union that would benefit from the NLRB's suit against Boeing. In that edition, the group said monetary contributions "gains your Union access to officials, which is critical to get our issues addressed and ensure our input is heard."

"Local 751 would appear to be openly engaged in a pay-to-play system of political influence," DeMint said in his letter to the NLRB. "The question is unavoidable: did Local 751’s political activities or campaign contributions 'gain [it] access to officials' at the NLRB?"

The FOIA request can be read here.

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