Meghan Hughes (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the ethics complaint filed against him by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM).
The IAM is the union which filed the initial complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) accusing Boeing of acting illegally in constructing the second 787 assembly line in North Charleston, South Carolina.
“It’s clear what this union complaint is about -- it’s an effort to intimidate people like me who are speaking out against them. I will not be intimidated. And it’s not going to stop me from fighting for the people of South Carolina.
“The NLRB is an out-of-control bureaucracy trying to destroy thousands of jobs in our state. I will not silently stand by and watch it happen.
“I, along with Senators DeMint and Alexander, have introduced legislation to protect state right-to-work laws and prevent the NLRB from attempting a similar strategy against other companies. Allowing the NLRB to pursue this and similar cases will do tremendous damage to job creation in our state and across America. I won’t let outrageous claims deter my efforts to stop the NLRB from destroying thousands of jobs in South Carolina.
“The union complaint against me is ridiculous, just like their complaint against Boeing.”
IAM complaint against Graham