April 21, 2011
Proving once again that the good of the United States is far less important than protecting corrupt union cronies, the Obama administration today attacked Boeing for building a new manufacturing facility in South Carolina, because it is a right to work state. In what should be heralded as a tremendously positive business move, a move which created thousands of jobs in a terrible economy, Boeing is being attacked by Obama because they created those jobs in a non-union state.
The action by the National Labor Relations Board against Boeing is being undertaken by the Obama administration because unions have committed to spending $500 million dollars to get Obama reelected. The action, which is unconstitutional, is harmful to the well being of the economy and the United States, clearly shows where Obama’s priorities lie.
“This is nothing more than a political favor for the unions who are supporting President Obama’s re-election campaign,” South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint said in a statement. “Unfortunately, it comes at the expense of hundreds of jobs in South Carolina and thousands of jobs nationwide.”
DeMint argues if the complaint goes forward, right-to-work states will struggle to attract jobs. “There is no doubt that if the National Labor Relations Board’s claim against Boeing moves forward, it will have a chilling effect on job growth in my state and in right-to-work states across the country,” he said.
In 2009, Boeing announced it would add additional assembly lines at a factory in North Charleston, South Carolina to aid in production of Boeing 787 airliners. The Palmetto State is a right-to-work state, while Boeing’s home factory in Seattle recognizes unions.
With the new factory scheduled to open this summer, the union filed an unfair labor charge with the NLRB, claiming Boeing engaged in unfair labor practices by proceeding with the South Carolina facility. The NLRB agreed and filed a complaint against Boeing.
Boeing’s union workers say the move into new territory is all about hiring non-union labor.
“Boeing’s decision to build a 787 assembly line in South Carolina sent a message that Boeing workers would suffer financial harm for exercising their collective bargaining rights,” International Machinists Union Vice President Rich Michalski said in a statement on the union’s website.
Boeing argues it doesn’t intend to hurt union workers and points out that it has added 2,000 jobs in the Seattle area since it announced the South Carolina expansion. And South Carolina lawmakers are concerned about the jobs in their state.
“If successful, the NLRB complaint would allow unions to hold a virtual ‘veto’ over business decisions,” South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said. “Left to their own devices, the NLRB would routinely punish right-to-work states that value and promote their pro-business climates.”
Atlas is shrugging, and so should be all Americans.