Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) issued a blistering release this afternoon in reaction to the National Labor Relations Board’s complaint against The Boeing Company for its decision to expand production at a South Carolina plant instead of in the Puget Sound. In addition to representing his state’s concerns, the Senator also noted the national implications of the NLRB’s unprecedented move.
This is one of the worst examples of unelected bureaucrats doing the bidding of special interest groups that I’ve ever seen. In this case, the NLRB is doing the bidding of the unions at great cost to South Carolina and our nation’s economy.
It makes perfect sense for a world-class company like Boeing to diversify their production capabilities. Boeing made a solid business decision in coming to South Carolina, and we welcome them with open arms. They could have gone anywhere, but they knew that South Carolina was a great place to do business. Their decision to open their new facility in North Charleston will pay dividends for the company, its workers, and our state for many years to come. It’s a decision that will stand the test of time.
If successful, the NLRB complaint would allow unions to hold a virtual ‘veto’ over business decisions. Left to their own devices, the NLRB would routinely punish right-to-work states that value and promote their pro-business climates. The current makeup of the NLRB Board has been skewed against business. This action will not be allowed to stand.
I would be surprised if any court recognized the legitimacy of this complaint. It’s pretty easy to see that at its heart, this is about union politics. As Senator, I will do everything in my power, including introducing legislation cutting off funding for this wild goose chase, to stop the NLRB’s frivolous complaint.
Sen. Graham’s Twitter feed, @GrahamBlog, was also on fire this afternoon.
The Senator is absolutely right. The NLRB’s complaint is astonishing enough, but the remedy it’s proposing suggests an agency that has lost touch with the reality of U.S. economy and the business world: “To remedy the alleged unfair labor practices, the Acting General Counsel seeks an order that would require Boeing to maintain the second production line in Washington state.” The NLRB wants to supplant company executives in decisions involving the location of major facilities.
In her statement, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley highlighted the implications of the NLRB’s move for right-to-work states.
This is an absolute assault on a great corporate citizen and on South Carolina’s right-to-work status. We will continue to do everything we can to protect that status, and to stand with companies like Boeing who understand what it means to take care of their employees without the interference of a meddlesome, self-serving union. This bullying will not be tolerated in South Carolina.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) weighed in with a statement decrying the “Obama Administration’s Malicious Attack Against Right-To-Work States.”
This is nothing more than a political favor for the unions who are supporting President Obama’s re-election campaign. Unfortunately, it comes at the expense of hundreds of jobs in South Carolina and thousands of jobs nationwide. There is no doubt that if the National Labor Relations Board’s claim against Boeing moves forward, it will have a chilling effect on job growth in my state and in right-to-work states across the country. Using the federal government as political weapon to protect union bosses at the expense of American jobs cannot be tolerated. I intend to use every tool at my disposal as a United States Senator to stop the President from carrying out this malicious act.
Update: Via LaborUnionReport.com, the full NLRB complaint at Scribd.