Skip to comments.NLRB Admits Boeing Complaint Applies To Every Business & State
Posted on 05/23/2011 1:13:20 PM PDT by jazusamo
The National Labor Relations Boards (NLRB) decision to issue a complaint regarding the Boeing facility in South Carolina is a poorly veiled act of revenge against a company that refused to let Big Labor bosses decide its future. As seemingly ridiculous and unbelievable as the attack on the part of the U.S. Government against an American corporation seeking to create jobs at home is, the consequences that this precedent sets for businesses and their right to work is downright dangerous.
The case in question came up when, Boeing, after negotiations with their union in Washington State broke down, decided to build a factory in South Carolina in order to meet demand for their 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Boeing had hoped to stay in Washington, and even opened up negotiations with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) as a show of good faith. When the union demanded a seat on the board and a promise that all facilities would stay in Puget Sound forever, the negotiations broke down and Boeing began to look elsewhere.
Boeing decided to build the new facility in South Carolina, a right-to-work state with more business friendly labor laws. While choosing to build in a new state did not take any Boeing jobs away from Washington, which has actually seen 2,000 jobs created since the new facility in South Carolina was announced; union bosses felt slighted and demanded their friends at President Obamas labor board intervene on their behalf.
The NLRB complied and almost two years after the new facility was announced, and as construction was concluding and hiring commencing, the regulatory agency told Boeing that they could not extend operations to South Carolina because it was retaliation against Big Labor. This is a blow to South Carolina. It is a swipe to freedom. And it sends a chilling message to any company seeking to relocate in the United States: you are better off moving to Canada or Mexico than creating news jobs in your own country.
But the true damage of this political power play on behalf of Big Labor and against Boeing and South Carolinagoes much farther. An NLRB spokesperson recently stated, The effect would have been the same if the line had been moved to a nonunion facility in any state.
This is a more straightforward way of saying that the NLRB can tell any business anywhere in our nation and at any time where it can and can not go. This incredible overreach by a little known agency owned by labor bosses seeking payback having expended nearly half a billion dollars electing President Obama is simply shocking. The NLRB is clearly saying their complaint against Boeing applies to every company and state in the union.
It also effectively outlaws businesses from moving into any of Americas 22 right-to-work states if a union boss takes issue with their decision.
If unionized companies cant move into right-to-work states, why would non-unionized companies ever consider moving to unionized states? If this matter is able to set this precedent, Americas economy will suffer as both right-to-work and unionized states will lose jobs, while countries abroad will gain them.
Where did the NLRB get the authority to control commerce in our country? Why isnt the White House stepping forward to address this gross overreach? President Obama not only agrees with the NLRBs actions, but has put in place the individuals to create such a system rewarding the union bosses who bankrolled his campaign.
For instance, a Democratically-held Senate in 2010 did not have the stomach to confirm labor radical and union lawyer Craig Becker to the board, yet Obama recess appointed him. And now, Obama has appointed the architect of the Boeing complaint Lafe Solomon to serve as the regulatory agencys general counsel.
President Obama clearly believes the NLRB has the power to control American businesses, enabling them to kill jobs as our nation continues to fight through a difficult economic period. By supporting the NLRBs decision, President Obama has endorsed the idea that bureaucrats in the pocket of Big Labor can make better business decisions than employers. While this may be business as usual for this administration, it is hurting job creators at home and giving greater hope to Americas competitors abroad that they can lure jobs away from our shores.
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I swear I read this in a novel somewhere............A big thick novel by a female author.......................
My liberal cousin works in a union shop that actually got part of this Boeing contract and he swears up and down that Boeing is trying to crush the union.
Yep. Let’s hope this hurts Obama, the NLRB and unions. There’s little doubt they’ve all stepped way over the line.
And if Boeing refuses to play by the NLRB rules and goes ahead with their SC plans, what happens?
Boeing should tell them they will just move to China instead of dealing with the union/NLRB thugs.
Congress needs to defund this outfit and pass a law negating their decision in this case and for ever.
You can bet that’s what all union leaders right down to the shop stewards are telling every union member even remotely connected to Boeing.
“In the name of the general welfare,” read Wesley Mouch, “to protect the people’s security, to achieve full equality and total stability, it is decreed for the duration of the national emergency that—
“Point One. All workers, wage earners and employees of any kind whatsoever shall henceforth be attached to their jobs and shall not leave nor be dismissed nor change employment, under penalty of a term in jail. The penalty shall be determined by the Unification Board, such Board to be appointed by the Bureau of Economic Planning and National Resources. All persons reaching the age of twenty-one shall report to the Unification Board, which shall assign them to where, in its opinion, their services will best serve the interests of the nation.
“Point Two. All industrial, commercial, manufacturing and business establishments of any nature whatsoever shall henceforth remain in operation, and the owners of such establishments shall not quit nor leave nor retire, nor close, sell or transfer their business, under penalty of the nationalization of their establishment and of any and all of their property.
“Point Three. All patents and copyrights, pertaining to any devices, inventions, formulas, processes and works of any nature whatsoever, shall be turned over to the nation as a patriotic emergency gift by means of Gift Certificates to be signed voluntarily by the owners of all such patents and copyrights. The Unification Board shall then license the use of such patents and copyrights to all applicants, equally and without discrimination, for the purpose of eliminating monopolistic practices, discarding obsolete products and making the best available to the whole nation. No trademarks, brand names or copyrighted titles shall be used. Every formerly patented product shall be known by a new name and sold by all manufacturers under the same name, such name to be selected by the Unification Board. All private trademarks and brand names are hereby abolished.
“Point Four. No new devices, inventions, products, or goods of any nature whatsoever, not now on the market, shall be produced, invented, manufactured or sold after the date of this directive. The Office of Patents and Copyrights is hereby suspended.
“Point Five. Every establishment, concern, corporation or person engaged in production of any nature whatsoever shall henceforth produce the same amount of goods per year as it, they or he produced during the Basic Year, no more and no less. The year to be known as the Basic or Yardstick Year is to be the year ending on the date of this directive. Over or under production shall be fined, such fines to be determined by the Unification Board.
“Point Six. Every person of any age, sex, class or income, shall henceforth spend the same amount of money on the purchase of goods per year as he or she spent during the Basic Year, no more and no less. Over or under purchasing shall be fined, such fines to be determined by the Unification Board.
“Point Seven. All wages, prices, salaries, dividends, profits, interest rates and forms of income of any nature whatsoever, shall be frozen at their present figures, as of the date of this directive.
“Point Eight. All cases arising from and rules not specifically provided for in this directive, shall be settled and determined by the Unification Board, whose decisions will be final.”
The above directive (at this point in time) is fictional, from the book Atlas Shrugged. If you want to be shocked, read Atlas Shrugged, and see how a book written in the late 50’s has so accurately predicted where we would be headed here in the 2000’s.
What makes Boeing Boeing is decades of knowledge about how to make great airplanes. It’s not knowledge about how to check a pneumatic grinder out of the tool crib, and it’s certainly not knowledge about how to go on strike.
Wszolek made an excellent point about not only Boeing but many companies moving out of country if the NLRB court rules in the unions favor and it stands..
It just amazes me that the dumbass can make parts for Boeing all day and then claim that Boeing has prevented unions from doing the job.
Bump to your tagline.
I say take it to court. Boeing and the rest of the major manufacturers will be worthless if they allow NLRB to get a foothold in this type of decision.
If you dig into their philosophy you will find that they believe unions should have representation on ALL corporate boards. I think that is what they are really angling for here.
“Our own government has become our enemy.” — Sheriff Paul Babeu.
And they said Atlas Shrugged would never happen! Wake up America take your country back!
The NLRBs complaint will be heard by an administrative law judge on June 14. Whatever the decision, it is sure to be appealed to the four-member board of the NLRB, which is dominated by radical, pro-union appointees. The worst is Craig Becker, an Obama recess appointee who has argued that the freedom of businesses to invest and make decisions about capital should be limited by the government in order to strengthen unions. If the NLRB finds against Boeing, the company will then appeal the NLRBs illegitimate actions in federal court. Even one of President Obamas liberal, empathetic judges would have a hard time upholding the NLRB, given Supreme Court precedent and the complete lack of a legal basis for these claims.