One thing that I have learned as a Seattle employment lawyer is that disputes between employers and employees often boil down to issues of respect and communication between the people involved. King5.com is reporting this morning on the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) withdrawal of it’s lawsuit against Boeing. The case was based on the decision by Boeing, the largest employer in the Seattle area, to open a non-union plant in South Carolina. Earlier this week, Boeing reached an agreement on a contract extension with its machinists union, and that agreement apparently caused the NLRB to drop its case. Settlement was the preferred outcome, according to the acting general counsel of the NLRB, and although they were criticized for the move, he has indicated that they were within the law and would file a similar suit in a similar situation again.
We know that the unemployment rate is high both nationally and here in Western Washington. Given that fact, when I see concerns like the situation with Boeing it increases my concern about what will happen to employees of all of our companies here in Washington. Boeing is the largest single employer, and we have other very large employers, but certainly there are also a great many employees, collectively, of small businesses which may each only employ a fraction of Boeing’s work force. I am sure that the employees of those small businesses share my concern, and in fact in a job market like what we are seeing now, the idea of standing up for your rights in a dispute with your employer can be very intimidating.
That said, I believe that no employee should have to work for an employer who violates their rights. If you feel that your employer is mistreating you or discriminating against you, contact an experienced Bellevue employment lawyer to discuss your rights. Employment law in Washington is very complicated, and it may be difficult to know exactly what your rights are; at Premier Law Group we are dedicated to helping regular people protect their rights in the workplace. For more information and a FREE CONSULTATION contact me at Premier Law Group at (206)285-1743.