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Caterpillar and the RICO Act by Frank Gratke.

Caterpillar workers can do the same. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is controlled by the president. Who has no need of companies that treat workers badly. The Department of Justice can come down on Caterpillar. What is unique is the DOJ can expand any probe so you end up doing what they want. 

The union representing Boeing workers has agreed to a tentative deal that would effectively end the politically charged dispute between the giant airline manufacturer and the National Labor Relations Board.

The agreement, reached Wednesday, would extend the union’s labor contract by four years. The deal offers wage and pension increases to workers, while guaranteeing a period of labor peace long sought by Boeing.

The deal also includes a Boeing commitment to assemble the new 737 MAX in a union shop in Renton, Wash., guaranteeing the kind of job security sought by the union.

If members ratify the agreement Dec. 7, the union said it would ask the NLRB to drop a federal complaint over the company’s decision to open a nonunion assembly plant in South Carolina.

“It would resolve the issue,” said Connie Kelliher, a spokeswoman for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers District Lodge 751.

Settlement of the South Carolina complaint would relieve a major political headache for the Obama administration.

Although the NLRB is an independent agency that is supposed to operate free of White House influence, the complaint has been invoked by many Republicans and their allies as symbolic of what they call the Obama administration’s overreaching regulatory approach.

Since taking office, Obama has reshaped the NLRB, which enforces labor law, moving it to a a more pro-union stance after it sided with employers for years under President George W. Bush.

Critics said the NLRB action against Boeing could cost thousands of good jobs in South Carolina, a state suffering with one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates. Republicans, in particular, pointed to it as a prime example of how federal government regulations can kill jobs.

The NLRB’s role amid a struggling economy stood to be a critical issue in the national political debate. But if the Boeing case is settled, it would substantially diminish the impact of that issue just before the 2012 presidential campaign hits full stride.