Labor board drops UAW complaint against Sen. Tim Scott

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The National Labor Relations Board dismissed a United Auto Workers complaint Friday against Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) filed in September.

The complaint centered on comments Scott made at a campaign event where he endorsed firing striking workers, which is against the law.

“I think Ronald Reagan gave us a great example when federal employees decided they were going to strike,” Scott said at an Iowa campaign event. “He said, ‘You strike, you’re fired.’ Simple concept to me, to the extent that we can use that once again.”

The union said Scott was “engaging in unfair labor practices.”

Scott denounced the complaint when it was filed, saying the UAW was attempting to “threaten” him and “shut me up.”

An NLRB letter dismissing the case, reviewed by NBC Newscited a “lack of cooperation” from the UAW.

The UAW ended its weeks-long strike against the “Big Three” automakers this week after Stellantis, Ford and General Motors each agreed to tentative contracts with the union that would include significant wage increases and better protected worker benefits.

Union members will review and vote on those contracts Those contracts will be reviewed and voted on by union members before they go into place. In the meantime, striking workers have returned to work.

Scott’s campaign again denounced the complaint Friday.

“The NLRB’s complaint was nothing more than a political stunt,” campaign manager Jennifer DeCasper said in a statement to NBC News. “They were playing politics instead of representing their members’ interests.”

The Hill has reached out to Scott’s campaign, the UAW and the NLRB.

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