Skip to comments.Nikki Haley Pressures Obama, ’12 Field on NLRB. Big Labor Battle goes to South Carolina
Posted on 04/26/2011 5:37:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Across the country, from Wisconsin to Ohio, Republican governors are battling Big Labor. Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, in an interview with National Review Online, says that her state is the next front. But Haleys foes are not graybeard professors or drum-banging state workers; she is facing off against bureaucratic activists in Washington, D.C.
The National Labor Relations Board, a federal agency dominated by President Obamas appointees, is attempting to block Boeing from building jets in Charleston, S.C. By producing planes in a nonunion plant thousands of miles from its base in Everett, Wash., the NLRB alleges that Boeing is retaliating against the strike-happy machinists in Puget Sound.
Boeing, which has poured billions into the new facility, calls the agencys complaint legally frivolous. Haley, for her part, is baffled by how the feds think that they can kick around a private company, picking and choosing where it operates. There is no case; this is ridiculous, she says. It is an embarrassment for the NLRB. The unions are losing and this is nothing more than a desperate attempt to see if they can make their voices relevant again.
But it is, Haley asserts, a national fight, with political implications for both parties. I am going to fight this every step of the way, she says. We absolutely will not accept the bullying. This is a direct assault on right-to-work states. In the coming days, the governor will urge the president and the Republicans hoping to beat him in 2012 to take sides.
Haley challenges President Obama to rally behind her. I want to ask him why he is allowing unelected bureaucrats to come in and do the unions dirty work on the backs of our businesses, she says. Its hurting the jobs in South Carolina and every other right-to-work state. He owes us an answer.
If the president does not back up Boeing, Haley argues that companies may decide to move their manufacturing overseas, since the president would be viewed by corporate leaders as someone who has little interest in protecting free enterprise. He must stand up and fight for companies that want to do business in this country, she says. This slows down business in our country.
Obama is not the only one catching heat from the first-term Republican. Haley notes that the NLRB brawl will be a litmus test for GOP presidential contenders. Every presidential candidate needs to weigh in on what is happening with NLRB and Boeing, she says. I would expect the presidential candidates to speak up, to say that this is wrong, and also to go further than that: to say what they would do to make it right.
This means shifting resources out of Wisconsin.
She had a brief interview at the Heritage Classic golf tournament on Saturday’s broadcast. She came across very well. She was also there in the gallery on Sunday when the winners came off the 18th green. Either she loves golf, or she supports efforts that enhance the South Carolina economy. Either way, she seems good for SC.
Wow, she’s a feisty one.
The labor battle is now being joined across the country. It starts in the mid-west and will spill over to the rest of the country as we slowly find out our municipalities are out of cash.
It seems clear that the Democrats/Obama will do everything they can to take from the producers of this land and give it to the moochers. That SC has a business-friendly environment only enrages the left.
You misspelled thugs.
You misspelled thugs.
Oh, how true!!!!!
While they do take from the producers, they keep most of it for themselves. They only give their parasites a substance in order to continue using them.
She should also be flanked by Jim DeMint and the reprehensible Pansey Graham. This has to be a team effort!
This is all part of the new Anti-Dog-Eat-Dog Law. Who is John Galt?
RE: She should also be flanked by Jim DeMint and the reprehensible Pansey Graham
Forget Pansey, he’s a lost cause.
The is not the first time the Obama Administration has taken this work away from a southern state. The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) partnered with Northrop Grumman to win the KC-45 contract in 2008. EADS planed to build the Air Force tanker and other EADS aircraft in Mobile, AL.
Spiegel Online, By Dinah Deckstein, Cordula Meyer and Gabor Steingart, 03/10/2008
The forerunner of the trans-Atlantic shift is the EADS research and development center in Mobile, Alabama. Roughly 90 US engineers are already engaged in research for the European plane maker. The current plans call for the tanker version of Airbus's successful A330 model to be assembled in Mobile, where Northrop Grumman, the company's US joint venture partner, will install the electronic systems. But the plans go even further than that.In late January, not long before the US Department of Defense awarded the contract to EADS, Airbus CEO Thomas Enders paid a visit to Alabama to lay additional bait. Should the Airbus and Northrop Grumman joint venture win the Air Force contract, he said, Airbus would also assemble cargo versions of the A330 in Mobile in the future.But this doesn't necessarily mean that Airbus will stop there. Once production has gotten successfully underway in Mobile, this provincial city could conceivably become Airbus' fourth-largest assembly site for passenger aircraft, next to Hamburg, Toulouse and Tianjin, China. "There are no such plans at present," says and EADS spokesman. Not yet, that is.
Obama canceled that contract as soon as he was in office. That screwed Mobile, AL out of a lot of jobs. Earlier this year, the KC-45 contract was awarded to Boeing (Washington State).
By AUBREY COHEN, SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF, February 23, 2011
Boeing won the U.S. Air Force's $35 billion contract to build 179 aerial refueling tankers, Pentagon and Air Force officials announced Thursday.
The award starts with a $3.5 billion contract for tanker engineering and manufacturing development to deliver the first 18 of what are now called "KC-46A" tankers by 2017.
Boeing's 767-based NewGen Tanker competed against EADS North America's Airbus A330-based KC-45 tanker in the Air Force's third try at starting to replace Eisenhower-era Boeing KC-135 Stratotankers.
Northrop Grumman pulled out of the latest contest, saying the Air Force's criteria favored Boeing's smaller plane. But EADS North America said it could offer a better price, despite the size difference, because it no longer had Northrop's need for profit, Airbus is producing A330s at a higher rate than Boeing is building 767s, lowering costs, and existing A330-based tankers and refueling systems are closer to KC-45 than existing 767-based tankers and systems are to NewGen, meaning less development risk.
Analysts gave EADS the edge in recent weeks, after release of battlefield assessments of the two tankers reportedly showed a big advantage for the KC-45. The Air Force sent the assessments to both bidders accidentally, at first, and then shared the data again after learning that an EADS employee inadvertently looked at the Boeing information.
Then Boeing announced the plans for the Charleston, SC plant. Boeing planned to produce several products in SC. This was followed by the NLRB ruling.
Charleston Regional Business Journal, By Matt Tomsic, April 25, 2011
The National Labor Relations Board filed a complaint Wednesday, calling for Boeing to open a second 787 final assembly line in Washington state to remedy what it calls an illegal transfer of work to non-union facilities in North Charleston.
Boeing is building a multi-million dollar facility near Charleston International Airport to complement its first final assembly line in the Seattle area.
The board is pursuing an order to require Boeing to maintain a second assembly line in Washington state, though the complaint does not ask for the line in South Carolina to be closed, according to a news release from the NLRB.
Ã¢â¬ÅThis is one of the worst examples of unelected bureaucrats doing the bidding of special interest groups that IÃ¢â¬â¢ve ever seen,Ã¢â¬ï¾ﾝ Graham said in a statement emailed from his office. Ã¢â¬ÅIn this case, the (National Labor Relations Board) is doing the bidding of the unions at great cost to South Carolina and our nationÃ¢â¬â¢s economy.Ã¢â¬ï¾ﾝ
The plot gets thicker! Obama has been making recess appointments to the NLRB which he knows will not be confirmed by the Senate!!
Bloomberg, By Hans Nichols and Holly Rosenkrantz - March 28, 2010
The appointment of Craig Becker, a union lawyer who will now serve on the National Labor Relations Board, drew immediate criticism. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued a statement denouncing the appointment of Becker, who has represented the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union, while Congress is away.
âThe business community should be on red alert for radical changes that could significantly impair the ability of Americaâs job creators to compete,âﾝ said the Chamberâs labor vice president Randel Johnson in yesterdayâs statement.
Obama is screwing the 'Right To Work' Red State South!! With an 'In you face' attitude, he is pulling every stunt in the book to support his union buddies!
And this story is not getting near enough coverage in the media!
Oh Nikki you poor girl. What the NRLB is doing is what the Resident wants!
What resources are being shifted from Wisconsin?
Labor troublemaking resources.