I would be remiss if I didn’t write about this event in my own backyard, as it were. Our Governor, Nikki Haley, has thrown the gauntlet down to the NLRB and the Unions they represent.
This from the Charleston Regional Business Journal;
“This complaint is without merit,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham. “Boeing came to South Carolina to generate new business.”
Graham, Rep. Tim Scott, Gov. Nikki Haley, state Rep. Bobby Harrell, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley and North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey said they were committed to Boeing and would fight to keep the company in North Charleston.
The NLRB filed a complaint Wednesday against Boeing for its expansion to South Carolina. The expansion illegally transferred work to nonunion facilities in North Charleston, according to the complaint, and the labor relations board is calling for Boeing to open another assembly line in Washington state.
“We absolutely will not allow them to come bully our businesses or mess with our employees,” Haley said.
Nikki Haley did , however, invite the members of the NLRB and Unions to come on down to South Carolina and take advantage of our beautiful golf courses, restaurants and stores. Come on down and spend your money in our businesses.
Update; From Darcprynce at The Daley Gator;
Can federal bureaucrats tell a private company where to build a factory?
Members of President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board think they can. In a decision that even the New York Times is describing as “highly unusual for the federal government,” Lafe Solomon, who was appointed to the board by Obama, filed a complaint on behalf of the NLRB on Wednesday seeking to force the Boeing Co. to build an assembly line in Washington state instead of South Carolina. The NLRB action stems from Boeing’s October 2009 decision to build a new factory for its new 787 Dreamliner airplane near Charleston, S.C. Boeing first sought to build the new plant near its existing facility in Puget Sound, but negotiations with the International Association of Machinists broke down when the union refused to agree to a long-term no-strike clause. The IAM had struck four times since 1989, costing Boeing at least $1.8 billion in revenue……
Update II; The Lonely Conservative has more, including video of Stuart Varney on Fox Business;
As I write this, Neil Cavuto is reporting that South Carolina politicians are not taking this lying down. Senator Jim DeMint is on the line and he called the NLRB “thugs” and said he had thought he had seen it all. He also said the president could stop this in a second if he wanted to, and the NLRB is assuming powers it does not have.