Suppose you own a profitable, legal in all 50 states, business and want to expand or reorganize your operations.
Now let’s suppose that someone came up to you and said “Sorry boys, but you cannot do what you want with your business. You cannot go anywhere you please. See those balls and chains on your feet, boy? I have the key and I say you are staying right here. I am the slave master and don’t you forget it.”
That is exactly what President Obama said to Boeing.
Labor Board Seeks to Halt Boeing Move to South Carolina
Inquiring minds are reading Labor Board Tells Boeing New Factory Breaks Law
In what may be the strongest signal yet of the new pro-labor orientation of the National Labor Relations Board under President Obama, the agency filed a complaint Wednesday seeking to force Boeing to bring an airplane production line back to its unionized facilities in Washington State instead of moving the work to a nonunion plant in South Carolina.
In its complaint, the labor board said that Boeing’s decision to transfer a second production line for its new 787 Dreamliner passenger plane to South Carolina was motivated by an unlawful desire to retaliate against union workers for their past strikes in Washington and to discourage future strikes. The agency’s acting general counsel, Lafe Solomon, said it was illegal for companies to take actions in retaliation against workers for exercising the right to strike.
It is highly unusual for the federal government to seek to reverse a corporate decision as important as the location of plant.
But ever since a Democratic majority took control of the five-member board after Mr. Obama’s election, the board has signaled that it would seek to adopt a more liberal, pro-union tilt after years of pro-employer decisions under President Bush.
Although the board has not yet issued many major decisions reversing Bush-era policies, it has proposed requiring private sector employers to post a notice about workers’ right to unionize, and Mr. Solomon has begun moving more aggressively to win reinstatement of union supporters fired illegally by management during unionization drives.
In a statement Wednesday, Mr. Solomon said: “A worker’s right to strike is a fundamental right guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act. We also recognize the rights of employers to make business decisions based on their economic interests, but they must do so within the law.”
Correction: April 22, 2011
An article on Thursday about a National Labor Relations Board complaint seeking to prevent Boeing from moving some airplane production to a nonunion plant in South Carolina misstated the status of a rule to require private sector employers to post a notice about workers’ right to unionize. An N.L.R.B. proposal for such a rule is pending; it has not been made final.
- No one should have to work for a company if they don’t want to. People can quit, or they can strike.
- Likewise, no employee and no labor board has any “fundamental right” to tell businesses who they can hire, who they can fire, or what states they can do business in.
Violation of either point above is slavery. There is no other way of looking at it.
Labor Relations Board Acting Like ‘Thugs’
Senator Jim DeMint says Labor Relations Board Acting Like ‘Thugs’
“I thought I’d seen it all, but now the administration is acting like a bunch of thugs,” DeMint told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto Thursday. “They are really trying to bully and intimidate — not just Boeing — they are attacking every right-to-work state, and in effect warning every employer in the country, if they happen to decide to move to a state where workers are free not to join a union, that they are going to be harassed and harangued by the National Labor [Relations] Board.
Cavuto noted the White House said it is not involved and it is NLRB issue. DeMint replied, “the president could stop this it in a second — if he wanted to.”
“And, frankly, he’s the one who packed this board, he’s the one who’s responsible for the way they’re behaving,” DeMint continued. “And this is very much like some of the other agencies — attacking, intimidating, bullying the people who are creating jobs in America today.
“But this is the worst of the worst,” he added. “Like you said [Boeing] announced this two years ago, but they are forcing Boeing to spend millions of dollars in legal costs to try and defend their right — they didn’t move a facility, this is a new one, they’ve added jobs in Washington [state] since they started building this plant in South Carolina.”
Senator DeMint is incorrect.
The National Labor Relations Board is not acting like a group of thugs. Rather, the NLRB instead acting like a group of slave-masters attempting to put balls-and-chains on Boeing.
Some will point out that Senator DeMint is biased because he is a senator from South Carolina, where Boeing wants to move.
However, bias has nothing to do with it. You either are in favor of slavery or not.
No one should support slavery, and DeMint doesn’t. That the senator is from South Carolina is irrelevant.
Death of Right-to-Work?
The Wall Street Journal says the actions by the NRLB mean the Death of Right to Work
The WSJ is wrong. People will see this act by the NRLB for what it is: forced slavery.
I believe it will give a boost to Senator Rand Paul’s national Right-to-Work proposal. Hopefully it gives the next Congress reason to get rid of the NRLB altogether.
About the author: Mike “Mish” Shedlock is a registered investment advisor representative for Sitka Pacific Capital Management. His top-rated global economics blog Mish’s Global Economic Trend Analysis offers insightful commentary every day of the week. He is also a contributing “professor” on Minyanville, a community site focused on economic and financial education. Every Thursday he does a podcast on HoweStreet and on an ad hoc basis he contributes to many other websites, including UnionWatch.