Governor Nikki Haley calls “frivolous,” the National Labor Relations Board’s lawsuit against Boeing for moving its assembly plant to South Carolina.
Boeing must answer to the anti-union claims in a June 14th hearing.
U.S. Senator Jim DeMint says he spoke with the company this week about the situation:
The NLRB is forcing them to spend millions of dollars in litigation to defend their right to move to South Carolina. They’re trying to say that they moved here to get away from unions in Washington, the remediation for that is to close down the Boeing plant here. I mean, they are over-reaching to the degree you can’t believe. And, frankly, this is one of our biggest battles, I think, to create a good pro-business economy in South Carolina (and) defend this as a right-to-work state.
DeMint says he hopes to see the nation become “right-to-work.”
Members of the state’s congressional delegation say this is not the only issue state political leaders are having with the NLRB.
Congressman Jeff Duncan has sponsored a bill to de-fund the National Labor Relations Board efforts against secret ballot voting for union representation. South Carolina voters in November approved the right to secret ballot for union voting in a referendum, instead allowing for a process known as “card check.” Card check would allow employees to achieve collective-bargaining rights if a majority sign a petition.
We reject card-check legislation and so the National Labor Relations board has said to South Carolina and South Dakota and Arizona and Utah, that, “you know what, we make the decision in Washington whether you have a secret ballot election or card-check and we’re going to fight you on your amendment, on your referendum.” And so I filed legislation to basically defund their ability to fight the states. I believe it comes down to federalism and what the states can do.
The state’s congressional delegation addressed these issues in a meeting with the state’s corporate community earlier this week.