The Union States of America – Bullying Boeing

May 13, 2011
By

This mandate is an abomination. The NLRB is trying to force Boeing to build in a non-right-to-work state. If a private company cannot build where it wants, we are not a capitalist nation. The NLRB is clearly making a political move to satisfy Big Labor. South Carolina is a right to work state and Big Labor wants to force union labor in every state in the union. The President supports this mandate because he is not running this country alone, he is running it with Big Labor.

Update from The Blaze: “As you may know, the Obama administration’s National Labor Relations Board is trying to tell the Boeing Company how to run its business. To wit, the NLRB is telling Boeing that it cannot open a plant in business-friendly South Carolina. South Carolina is a right-to-work state, meaning that it has ‘a law against compulsory union membership’ — so is the NLRB retaliating on behalf of labor?

It’s the first time a federal agency has intervened to tell an American company where it can and cannot operate a plant within the U.S. It lays the foundation of a regulatory wall with one express purpose: to prevent the direct competition of right-to-work states with union-shop states.
Libertarian labor expert Richard Epstein delivers some background:Epstein

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) [has filed] unfair labor charges on behalf of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union against the Boeing Company. Why? Boeing had the audacity to invest $2 billion in a new South Carolina facility where it would assemble its 787 Dreamliner—a job that Boeing assigned to 1000 non-union workers starting this coming July.

Acting NLRB General Counsel, Lafe Solomon, wants that work to be brought back to Washington state and the Portland, Oregon area, where Boeing has its current Dreamliner facilities….

But South Carolina governor Nikki Haley wants to know why Washington should get those jobs instead of South Carolina. (Washington is a union-shop state.) She appeared on Fox and Friends this morning to challenge the NLRB’s complaint against Boeing. Here is what she said:
This has nothing to do with checks and balances as Harry Reid tried to spin. This is an administration bought and paid for by unions who march with communists on a regular basis. This is an out-of-control government and an over-reach by the Executive Branch through the NLRB. It was only a little over a month ago when Trumpka said that he speaks to someone important in the WH every day. Trumpka is the AFL-CIO head who organized the April 4th rally with the Communist Party USA and who joined with the May Day communist rallies throughout the country.

Is this what our Founders wanted?

Update: If a company can’t build a plant where they want, are we still a free, capitalist society? Nikki Haley finds the President’s response unacceptable.
From the WSJ:
“…This a win-win for South Carolina, for Boeing, and for the global clients who will see Dreamliners rolling off the North Charleston line at the rate of 10 a month, starting with the first one next year. But, as is often the case, a win for people and businesses is a loss for the labor unions, which rely on coercion, bullying and undue political influence to stay afloat.

South Carolina is a right-to-work state, and we’re proud that within our borders workers cannot be required to join a labor union as a condition of employment. We don’t need unions playing middlemen between our companies and our employees. We don’t want them forcefully inserted into our promising business climate. And we will not stand for them intimidating South Carolinians.

That is apparently too much for President Obama and his union-beholden appointees at the National Labor Relations Board, who have asked the courts to intervene and force Boeing to stop production in South Carolina. The NLRB wants Boeing to produce the planes only in Washington state, where its workers must belong to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Let’s be clear: Boeing is a great corporate citizen in Washington and in South Carolina. The company chose to come to our state because the cost of doing business is low, our job training and work force are strong, and our ports are tremendous. The fact that we are a right-to-work state is an added bonus.

The actions by the NLRB are nothing less than a direct assault on the 22 right-to-work states across America…” Read more here: Nikki Haley
Update: More information on how the Obama administration is using Executive power to support union goals. Public sector unions are stealing taxpayer money for unsustainable benefits and salary.PJM

Update: If the National Labor Relations Board can stop Boeing from building in a right-to-work state such as South Carolina, where are we as a free enterprise country? In an unbelievable move, President Obama has told Boeing to build in Washington.Gateway Pundit


“When Boeing broke ground to build 787s near Charleston, South Carolina in November of 2009, the company made no secret of the fact that a new, non-union plant would allow it to build some jets without fear of a strike.
Just a year before, machinists had gone on strike against Boeing. There was also a strike in 2005.
But because Boeing tied the South Carolina expansion to labor unrest in the Puget Sound area, on Wednesday the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Boeing saying the move constituted an unfair labor practice.
It’s news welcomed by machinists in Everett.
“What we want to see is that the Boeing company doesn’t intimidate our workers for their activity of being part of this union and taking action,” said Tom Wroblewski, President of Machinists District 751
In June, both the union and the company will go before an administrative law judge. And because of its findings the Labor Board says it’s seeking an order requiring Boeing to “…operate its second line of 787 Dreamliner aircraft assembly production in the State of Washington…”
But does that mean the South Carolina plant that’s now nearing completion will remain empty? That’s unclear.
“I don’t think it will keep it from opening. But I do think it will maintain some work here for us,” said union member Steve Parsley…”
Read more here: Unions are after Boeing

Tags: ,

Email Newsletter

The newsletter is mailed out every two weeks.