Skip to comments.Pelosi: NLRB Should Shut Boeing Plant Down Or Force It to Unionize
Posted on 11/01/2011 8:09:12 AM PDT by markomalley
Writing at RedState, blogger LaborUnionReport highlights this amazing interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi from last week, in which she declares that Boeing should be forced by the government to close down its non-union South Carolina plant, although she mercifully adds, I would hope that they would make it union to avoid this fate.
LaborUnionReport is willing to cut Pelosi a little slack and allow that she might just be an uninformed boob spouting off about something she doesnt understand at all:
In fairness, Pelosis advisers may have neglected to tell the former speaker that the South Carolina plant was once unionized before employees chose to exercise their rights to become union-free. Her advisers may have also neglected to tell the former speaker that the only reason the Machinists union likely filed charges against Boeing is because those employees chose to exercise their rights to become union freewhich would be unlawful retaliation on the part of the union.
[Of course, the NLRB seems to be dragging its feet on the union's retaliation as it may complicate things for the union-run agency--like how the NLRB has allowed itself to become a union pawn and allow its prosecutorial process to become a joke by going after Boeing instead of the union for its apparent retaliaton.]
(Emphases mine.) This story really caught my attention because theres so much anger at special interests these days. Why, people have taken over public parks and converted them into squalid dens of iniquity and circular drumming to protest the way working Americans are getting screwed by special interests.
Well, here is the ultimate, 190-proof, straight-up-no-chaser example of special interest politics. The woman who was once Speaker of the House - and will resume the position if people are foolish enough to vote her party back into power next year - just declared that raw government power should be used, in defiance of the law, to literally destroy a private entity that refused to cooperate with the demands of the most powerful special interest there is.
Labor unions are almost wholly dependent upon the corrupt use of government power to maintain their riches. They dont just use political contributions to cadge a few favors here and there from the political elite. Labor unions are mega-corporations, and their entire business model, as currently construed, depends on using government power to rig the marketplace against their competitors. That would be you, if you dont belong to a union.
Destroying the South Carolina Boeing plant would wipe out a good 4,000 jobs, on behalf of a corporate entity that sells extravagantly overpriced labor to other corporate entities. Heres a little snapshot of the mega-corporation in question, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, courtesy of an informative March 2011 look at Big Labor by Fox News:
IAM, which grew out of a secret meeting of 19 machinists in a Georgia rail yard in 1888, represents machinists and aerospace workers in over 200 industries. At the unions Maryland headquarters near Washington, 34 officers and employees earn over $200,000 in salary and benefits. Robert Buffenbarger, who became president in 1997, received $284,975. Over the past two years, the IAM donated $1.98 million to Democratic candidates and $34,000 to Republicans. Popularly known as the machinists union, IAM is affiliated with the AFL-CIO. Its membership jumped in the 1950s and 1960s with the growth of the airlines and aerospace industries. More than 1 million belonged to the union in 1968. In the early 1970s, membership began declining, a change the union blames on layoffs in the defense industry.
How about it, Occupiers? Are you really against special interests, or not?
Remember we are not supposed to compare these folks to the
Someone should shut this evil old crone down or force her to be euthanized.
Does this clueless wench have any idea that those very same workers DECERTIFIED the union at their plant just a few years ago? That’s done through a DEMOCRATIC VOTE so far as I know.
I think the argument is that when you contract to the government, you accept government dictates on hiring policy (as well as other things). Thus, being totalitarians, the administration clearly believes all (gov’t created) jobs should be union jobs.
Nazi’s were socialist. These people are fascists.
Has anyone ever thrown water on her? ;-)
She’s a bat shit crazy whack left radical who makes no damn sense to anyone but the tards in the park!
If I was Boeing, I would tell Madam Pelosi that those jobs will be in China by the end of next year.
I am going to resist the urge to criticize the former Shrieker of the House, because it is simply unkind to make fun of the mentally handicapped.
However that won’t prevent me from saying that if Nutzi Pelousy was running down the street on fire, that I wouldn’t p*ss on her to put out the flames.
Unionized actors and actresses could push for equalization of pay for all in the profession. It's perfectly consistent with the socialist world view that people like Sean Penn seem to espouse. Sean, it would make your friend Hugo Chavez very proud of you if you pushed for equalization of pay among all actors - as part of a union contract.
Yes, it's sarcasm, but the concept is very consistent with what they are asking of others in society. Without hypocrites the ranks of the left would be thin.
it all comes down to authoritarian collectivism
forced down from a few elitists who have arrogated power to themselves.
They should shut down those Messerschmitt factories as well, unless they are willing to build Me-109s.
Well since her college spring break t-shirt contest anyway. ;-)
Another stupid comment from another stupid Marxist (redunancy noted)that ignores something called the Constitution of the United States. The RATs have repeatedly called for the destruction of the Constitution - 0bambi and his EOs, Puglousi and freedom of association (?), Perdue and postpone the elections, Clyburn and ignore Congress, etc.
The fleabaggers are calling for the violent overthrow of the government - that USED to be called treason - and they are encouraged to do so. We have now passed the point where reasonable men can agree to disagree. THERE ARE NO MORE REASONABLE MEN TO TALK TO.
I know most of you are prepared for the worst; but do we realize that a showdown is upon us?
She'd have every state in the union circling the drain just like CA if she could.
Could someone please refresh my memory about Pelosi and tuna?
truth does not matter.
Her constituents are more interested in the medium of a us congress woman demanding the union.
SHE is the message.
truth does not matter.
(see the Medium is the Massage, it is a very short book)
If you wrote a work of fiction with a character just like Pelosie in it, a good editor would make you change it because the character is just not believable .
What is the aerospace equivalent to Wyatt’s Torch?
Indeed Nancy must miss the old CCCP.
I don’t have a problem with Nancy’s solution as long as they tell her to have her grapes and her hotels unionised post haste.
This hypocrit scumbag talks the talk, but she and her rich husband do not pay Union workers.She is the lowest of the low IMHO.Then the rich botox brained skunk declares that she is on the side of the “Occupy” forces, when she is the rich they are protesting.What has she done for the poor except make them poorer?
Agree but she lives by the do as I say rule,seems to be a lot of thet in her party as well as tax issues.
Thanks for the post.
There are already many unions for actors/actresses (Screen Actors Guild for one) and the people who work on movies such as cameramen and engineers. I know there are writers unions too but am not sure about journalists.
Your argument shouldn’t be about the income disparity within the entertainment industry, it should be between the entertainment industry and everyone else.
Whether a union or the Soviet Union, the thinking is the same.
If I was Boeing, I would never have built another US plant to begin with. Commercial aircraft demand over the next thirty years is going to be overwhelmingly from Asia.
I wish that the village she escaped from would display some integrity and step up and admit that yes she is our idiot. that way she could be returned to her proper duty.
I know about the screen actors guild. My point was really about hypocrisy. There’s no way that ego driven Hollywood, or network news people etc. would ever go for the kind of homogeneity they keep pushing for the rest of society. We should constantly be pointing out their hypocrisy. The disparity of income between a top actor or actress, and someone who works as many or more hours doing commercials or bit parts is probably at least as much as many of the examples they use in their support of socialism. Why should they get away with trying to take away the ability of others to distinguish themselves, when they are driven in large measure by the desire to make distinguish themselves?
Correct! Pelosi and her husband own vineyards and restaurants which are hardly bastions of union activity. They are worth 30-40 million, an empire built on paying slave wages and exploiting plenty of illegal aliens
And yet she has the unmitigated gall to tell SC they have to Unionize.
Who TF does she think she is.
Pelosi and Bammy always have a smirk on their faces because they know the media will obediently spread their lies and bs. Meanwhile, Republicans have a hard time getting out their unfiltered message
So much for a “free” country.
pe-louse-i and her loser husband own a winery and a hotel that are non-union!!! Just why doesn’t this dried-up old hag take her mindless hypocritical mumblings elsewhere...like beck to her home planet (Bizarro World)? Both of these scum-creeps should behind bars in Leavenworth. I bet she creeps-out her own loser family.
hey pelosi, up next Boeing made in China...courtesy of the brain dead Democrats.
For better or worse, the talent and literary unions in Hollywood have pretty exceptional solidarity. Top-tier actors, writers and directors will strike for months to obtain and enforce high minimum wage scales that they, themselves, do not need, because their individual contracts provide vastly more. It would be as if the CEO of Boeing would walk the picket line with wrench-turners, forgoing his $5 million salary, to make sure the wrench-turners get to keep their $80,000 salaries.
That’s very, very different than pushing for income equality, which is what the left, including very visibly the Hollywood left, are pushing on the rest of society. I’m sorry but I stand by the claim of hypocrisy.
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