Governor Nikki Haley headed to Washington, D.C. for a Tuesday press conference to fight the National Labor Relations Board complaint filed three weeks ago against Boeing for locating its new assembly plant in North Charleston. Haley is calling on President Obama to weigh in on the issue that she says runs against the grain of American free enterprise. President Obama contends that the NLRB is an independent agency.
The NLRB’s complaint was made in response to the Machinists and Aerospace Workers Union complaint that Boeing moved to South Carolina, a “right-to-work” state, in retaliation to the union’s past strike activity against the Boeing facility in Washington state.
Haley says it is important that the President speak out on this issue because South Carolina and the country as a whole are trying to climb out of the recession and put people back to work. Boeing contends that no union members have lost their jobs at the Washington state plant, because of the establishment of the new facility in North Charleston.
Haley railed against the International Association of Machinists and Aerospce Workers Union for their complaint, which she called a desperate tactic.
Haley appeared at the Tuesday press conference at the offices of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce flanked by members of various business groups and members of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation including Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint, and Congressman Joe Wilson.