Last week, Senators Lindsey Graham, Jim DeMint and Lamar Alexander, Tennessee, introduced legislation to amend the National Labor Relations Act. This amendment would allow the NLRB to not have the power to make an employer relocate from one place to another. It would also guarantee a business the right to do business anywhere within the US.
Last month, the National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint against Boeing for expanding its 787 Jetliner production in South Carolina–claiming the airliner violated federal law by avoiding unions in a right-to-work state.
Senator Graham has served as a strong advocate in getting Boeing to South Carolina–
This new production, the second line, came to South Carolina, after a lot of discussion with Washington and other states. Boeing came here because it was the best business deal. To close down this plant, if an unelected bureaucracy could close down a plant where they have already spent a billion dollars, and force them to move back to the state of Washington, you will destroy the ability of companies in our nation to creat jobs.
Graham says placing a second assembly line in South Carolina has actually benefitted the state of Washington.
Not one person lost a job, no benefits were reduced. Two thousand people have actually been hired in the state of Washington as a result of new business. They gained people, they didn’t lose any benefits.
Graham says some of the power lies in the hands of Bill Daley–President Obama’s Chief of Staff. In 2009, Daley was on the Boeing board. Graham says he voted unanimously, along with every other board members, to build the second line in South Carolina. A year later, the Machinists Union in Washington filed a complaint against Boeing saying the decision to come to South Carolina was a retaliation to go against unions. Then, Daley took up the complaint, and according to Graham it seems he changed his mind–after originally voting in favor of the Boeing expansion. Graham says that’s the problem.
It’s completely frivolous. Retaliation is a concept in the law that is well-defined. To be successful you have to prove that someone lost something. Not one job was lost in Washington, they increased employment, they didn’t lose any benefits, they didn’t lose any pay. So, the complaint was just sour grapes.
Graham says the NLRB continued with the complaint, filed by the Machinists Union, and it does not make the business climate in the U.S. look good.
This is a devastating decision for American business. It goes to the heart and soul of how you form capital in this country, and if it’s successful people are going to move their business overseas.
The senator says something needs to be settled, and the whole complaint is just unacceptable.
This is a bunch of crap! This is a bunch of political sour grapes. The NLRB is out of control. The three appointees by the Obama Administration all have their allegiance to unions.
Now that Boeing has issued its response, claiming they came to South Carolina for good business and the workforce, the case will now go before an administrative law judge in June. That decision can be appealed.