“Bigelow Aerospace has had to explain to customers and government officials that despite the union’s banner and leaflets, it does not have an ongoing labor dispute with any union. These instances resulted in undue embarrassment to Bigelow Aerospace and jeopardized multi-million dollar procurement contracts,” the lawsuit reads in part.
Carpenters Union Local 1977 has been engaged in a “false smear campaign” against the space contractor, ostensibly due to a long-running dispute between the union and contractor Pete King Construction. Bigelow Aerospace asserts that it does not conduct any business with Pete King, although a company owned by the same magnate, Bigelow Development, apparently does.
The suit further charges that, “Defendants continue publishing falsehoods against Bigelow Aerospace in a misguided attempt to injure the business reputation of Bigelow Aerospace, intimidate its employees and interfere with its business relationships.”