- Business and Employment
The Case Against Boeing
Actually I don't believe that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has a leg to stand on regarding the action they initiated regarding Boeing's decision to open a second 787 Dreamliner production facility in my home state of South Carolina. Their leg to stand on might be the political stump of the peg-legged pirate who navigates the USS Obama but beyond that it gets more than a bit shaky.
I first reported on this fiasco a couple of weeks ago when it broke.. I continue to follow this story as it involves 1,000 jobs in South Carolina that just came on line. Boeing plans to beef up that work force to the 5K range as production is brought on line. You can read my first account here:
Here in Carolina we value the right to work and advocate anyone's right to work without any coercion being brought to bear upon the workers by union influence. That's the way it is here in the Palmetto State. It's a business friendly environment. Evidently the NLRB, under Obama, has decided that it isn't. That is in direct conflict with the charter granted it by Congress when the agency was started. It was created to be a "neutral" arbiter in solving labor disputes, not as a tool for union goons to try to get their way. In other words, it has now been totally politicized.
Boeing is now firing back at the NLRB as should be expected. I think I'd be firing away myself if the use of misquotes and innuendo were coming my direction over an economic decision that my company made regarding where I could, or couldn't, open a facility. The strike by the union back in 2008 hit the company in the pocketbook for around $6 billion. That's a whole lot of "change" as Obama would term it. The gist of the complaint is that Boeing retaliated against the union by transferring work away from Washington state. Does that mean that Boeing is required to operate their facilities only in that state? By all appearances that is the impression I get. But get this. Boeing did not close down any facility in that state in order to open up its plant in South Carolina.
Most people are smart enough to realize that if you didn't retaliate then you didn't violate the law in question. They didn't fire any of the union members, move a plant away from where it operated and not one penny was lost by union workers. Unless they are counting the money that the plant in Charleston will generate for the workers, their families, the city of Charleston and the state of South Carolina. Many of the things I find abhorrent about unions in general is their crybaby attitude. Put your big boy panties on union members.
It is also ironic that the decision was made in 2009 and here 2011 is well underway. Yeah I know, these things take time and none of this has anything to do with the Obama administration attempting to throw a bone the union's way. Of course not. That would never happen. Neil Cavuto interviewed a union talking head concerning the issue and the actual way the law reads. He pinned her ears back on the issue and she stuck to her "they broke the law" spiel. At times he gets a bit testy about the woman talking in circles. Take a look.
I think my Senator, Jim DeMint, has hit the nail on the head. This whole nonsense is centered around a political favor extended by Obama for the union support he got during the 2008 election. It smacks of politics, it totally outside the charter of the NLRB in being a "neutral" party and is a disservice to a corporation that has a work force totaling 160,000 workers. Boeing has done nothing more than deciding to protect its economic interests. They fired no one. In fact, they have hired 1,000 South Carolinians and plan to add 4,000 more. They closed no plants in Washington state and, in fact, have added an additional 2,000 workers in that state since the decision was made in 2009.
I am tired of listening to union crybabies. Look what they have done to the US auto industry and the US steel industry. There is a reason they call certain areas of this nation "The Rust Belt." One of the primary reasons that many corporations have moved their operations off shore lies squarely in the laps of the unions and their excessive demands about pay and benefits. It is always better to have a job than to have no job. That is unless you have that entitlement mentality.
I watch with interest as this plays out. Is the Obama administration anti-business? I'll let you answer that. I believe you know what I think.
Have a great day.
The Frog Prince