Skip to comments.Will Unions Clip Boeing's Wings?
Posted on 04/26/2011 6:14:10 PM PDT by Kaslin
Big Labor: Can a union that workers voted out and a government agency with an anti-business agenda tell America's largest exporter in which state it can create jobs? Is this revenge for Wisconsin?
Hell hath no fury like unions whose power is being challenged, and unions are not happy after Gov. Scott Walker's victory for democracy over angry union mobs in Wisconsin and similar moves by governors in other states such as John Kasich's Ohio. They want their pound of capitalist flesh.
So they, in the form of the International Association of Machinists, have called upon their wholly owned subsidiary, the National Labor Relations Board whose job it is to bully business on labor's behalf to file a complaint against Boeing for expanding into the right-to-work state of South Carolina.
"We absolutely will not accept the bullying. This is a direct assault on right-to-work states," South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley told National Review Online. "I want to ask (President Obama) why he is allowing unelected bureaucrats to come in and do the unions' dirty work on the backs of our businesses."
The answer is simple: This is not about jobs or even workers' rights. It's about creating more union jobs to pay dues, money that can be spent electing Democrats.
The NLRB complaint alleges that Boeing wants to build its new 787 Dreamliner in North Charleston, S.C., instead of at its Puget Sound facility in Washington state in retaliation against the International Association of Machinists for strikes such as a two-month-long work stoppage in 2008 that cost the company $1.8 billion.
The IAM filed its complaint in March 2010. But while charging retaliation, it could not demonstrate any harm. The facility in South Carolina is new and takes no pre-existing jobs away from Puget Sound.
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Union thuggery at its finest. Criminals, plain and simple
Ya know... Our good neighbors to the North, Canada... would really like these jobs too. If I was Boeing, I’d go that route offer it to the Canadians..., tie this all up for 2 years until we throw Obozo out of office. Throw him and his socialist pig tugs curve ball after curve ball and tie them up in court....
Boeing may just call it quits in the state of Washington.
They’ve considered it before, and this would give them the little shove to move on to a better business climate.
Frankly, I hope they do. It will put a stake right through the heart of The Peoples Republic of Seattle/Tacoma.
I remember a billboard in Seattle when their SST contract went south. It read, “will the last person out of Seattle, please turn out the lights!”
Fine then. Build those planes in China, just like the union wants.
If Boeing had any balls whatsoever, it would have “Dixie” playing on a loop in the background every time they had a meeting with another Union thug up in Seattle.
These union retards aren’t going to understand that Boeing didn’t move its corporate headquarters to Chicago for the weather, until it’s too late.
>Ya know... Our good neighbors to the North, Canada... would really like these jobs too. If I was Boeing, Id go that route offer it to the Canadians..., tie this all up for 2 years until we throw Obozo out of office.<
You’re kidding , right? Canada is the socialist beacon for the liberals. Heck, I;m from there. The CAW makes the UAW look like choir boys and almost kicked out Ford but managed to tie the F series to be made in canada. The doctors and nurses in every province is more militant than any SEIU rally, and have been known to rally even during surgery times. My GF was from the powerful BC Nurses Union and got tired of the politics. Every facet of the provincial and federal government is union-friendly and they would make sure that their contracts are tied up until eternity.
This is gonna cost for friends and family here in Washington but I hope that they do too.
.. and the ChiCom-controlled unions in Red China are having "our" unions do whatever it takes to get Boeing to offshore what's left of the company here moved to Red China to join what's already there. I bet.
I guess this is when the producers start heading for Galt’s Gulch.
I was a member of this union when I worked for The Milwaukee Road railroad. Had to be to work there. That railroad no longer exists.
I agree whole heartedly.
yes. I understand as it will my friends and family as well, but I do hope they give Seattle the big middle and move on.
...Denison/Sherman has the former Perrin AFB with 9000 ft long runway which will handle the largest aircraft.
Waco..the former James Connally AFB where Pres Bush landed in AF1 when he went to Crawford...a former B-52 overhaul center.
Austin...Bergstrom AFB, now Austin International.
Boeing could do business here without union interference....
....and ought to.
...BTW....what would the US look like if the unions hadn't run all the manufacturing business out of the country? Maybe we would have a 30 trillion economy instead of 13 trillion...
...if it was 30 trillion, we could actually support the hyphenated class: deadbeat-Amerians....and have money left over.
Boeing is between a rock and a hard place.Gubmint contracts and trying to expand in right to work states.Guess they will have to wait till Sarah Palin is president to expand.None of the rest of the candidates will go up against the unions.
The Air Force Tanker issue was about having a Boeing tanker made in America.
Unions will result in Boeing aircraft no longer made in the USA either.
Seattle/Everett is still the center of gravity for commercial aircraft production. Their cadre of core employees, sort of the "NCO's" of the engineering and production communities, are all multi-generational townies and will not leave.
Not that I'm a big fan of union fascists, but Boeing is getting what it deserves from its formerly BFF, Pres_ent Zero. It is a very, very liberal company (the commercial aviation side that is, defense is a different culture) so I see this as the commies eating their own.
All nice places, but I think Obama and his stacked NLRB are trying to prove that nowhere inside the US will be far enough away to move. If Boeing can’t run a factory in SC, and has to bolt from WA, they aren’t going to stop at the border, that’s for sure.
They were idiots to move to Chicago. They should have gone to Dallas or Atlanta.
You do know that was not the first industry or city that's been said of, right?
Boeing doesn’t HAVE to build planes in the US - they can leave the country as so many other businesses have done in the past to avoid the commie leftist morons that have infested our government.
I heard Governor Haley talking to Laura Ingraham about this on yesterday’s show, and I couldn’t figure out what standing the NLRB was trying to use as cover to halt Boeing work in SC. As close as I could tell, they seemed to think it was improper for Boeing to be aware of the labor laws of various states and locate new operations in the states with the laws most favorable to their interests. What a ludicrous position. If that’s all they have to stand on, I’d love to see that one sorted out in open court.
I saw this on FNC Cavuto the past two days, Jim DeMint was on one of them as a guest talking about it.
Obama is sueing a company for opening a new plant in a Right-to-Work state SC. This is one of those Marxist like actions that I wish Republicans like Boehner would scream murder about. This is perfect to (message) tie to Obama and the high unemployment. At least I can dream they would.
Another great post by Kaslin.
Different scenario - Boeing Commercial is presently thriving and actually growing in Seattle. While conservatives may hate to admit it, that success is as much because of the union as it is despite the unions. Many of them are hard working, talented and skilled people.
No, they are quite comfortable there and have no reason to leave. It suits their culture perfectly.
Actually, they're being harassed by the National Labor Relations Board, so it wouldn't help. Probably should do it anyway.
Where would the Skunk Works projects continue?
Outlawing business moves to states with rational laws?? Dangit! Atlas Shrugged was meant as fiction, NOT a damn manual!
Does this one large company think they can wag the industry’s dog? If Boeing thinks being screwed out of it’s SC facility is just grand (and I don’t rule that line of thought out), then the entire company will be gone inside of a few decades. There is no such thing as “Too big to fail.”
Skunk Works is part of Lockheed Martin.
That was a Northrop thing in SoCal, so it's probably against all sorts of "workplace safety" regs now anyway.
BTW, love your tag. And...I am sure aircraft workers are a bit different than auto workers...
If they are so comfortable why would they not simply expand in WA instead of looking to expand in SC?
It’s only a matter of time before they close up shop and move. Hopefully they will stay in the US, but it would not surprise me if they didn’t.
Lots of skilled aviation workers in Brazil, too.
At our Puget Sound Apartment Owners’ Association meeting tonight we had a guest speaker from our regional Economic Development Council (a quasi-government entity). He seemed very sure of himself when he said the Dreamliner would be built here in Seattle.
What’s to stop Boeing from moving out of the country? I am sure Japan would love to have an assembly line.
Northrop is proudly a NONUNION aircraft division company. Yes even in Kalifornia!
It would serve the state right. WA is an embarrassment to the Republic.
They will not be screwed out of the new facility. This is nothing more than a shakedown and Boeing knows it. The plant is already established and scheduled to begin production in July of this year. All that's left to be settled is how much blood money has to be paid to the IAM, as decided by Obama's goons on the NLRB.
BTW, this new plant is a model of modern green technology and energy efficiency - technologies heavily subsidized by federal money. Look at this as Boeing helping it's buddy Zero funnel more tax payer dollars to his union pals by passing along some of that federal largesse.
I remember the way the union always did things for the good of the union not necessarily the good of the company.
How bad are things in Seattle if you have to move to Chicago for a more business-friendly climate?
Can you believe these labor cartels are complaining about Boeing’s “retaliation,” due to THEIR OWN price fixing & restraint-of-trade practices?
These unions are a bunch of Marxist bullies.
Union “organizers” should be doing the Perp Walk — and Boeing deserves a settlement for DAMAGES caused by protectionist labor cartel’s COLLUSIVE BEHAVIOR, INFLUENCE PEDDLING, ANTI-COMPETITIVE CONDUCT, RACKETEERING.