Unbelievable… Obama NLRB Tells Boeing to Build Plant in Washington Not South Carolina

It’s an Obama world… The socialists are in charge now.
The Obama National Labor Relations Board told Boeing that the company must build a plant in Washington state not South Carolina. South Carolina is a right to work state.

Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner factory is under construction in coastal South Carolina.

The Washington Examiner reported:

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.

That’s when Boeing chose South Carolina, a right-to-work state where, unlike Washington, workers are not forced to join unions.

The Obama NLRB is also set to make it easier for unions to organize.

UPDATE: Here’s more on the NLRB’s war on job creators.

Right-To-Work States: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
NLRB Declares War On Job Creators
Over The Past 25 Years, Job Growth In Right-To-Work States Has Been Over Twice As High As In Unionized States:

“Congress established the National Labor Relations Board in 1935 to administer the National Labor Relations Act, the law that gives workers the right to organize and that governs relations among unions, employees and employers. The board has jurisdiction over all private-sector workers except those employed in railroads, airlines or agriculture. Over the past 25 years job growth in right-to-work states has been over twice as high as in unionized states, 51 percent compared with 21 percent. Between 2000 and 2010 employment has grown by 2 percent in right-to-work states and declined by 4 percent in unionized states. Private-sector union membership peaked in the 1950s at 36 percent of the work force. Now, only 12 percent of all American workers and 7 percent of private-sector workers belong to unions.” (Diana Furchgott-Roth, “Americans Dodge Unions, But Feds Insist On Them Anyway,” Washington Examiner, 12/23/10)

Obama Administration’s NLRB Looks To Implement Job-Killing Policies:

“Americans are leaving states with heavy union influence and choosing to live in ‘right-to-work’ states with higher job growth where they cannot be forced to join a union as a condition of employment. With the 2010 census, nine congressional seats will move to right-to-work states from forced unionization states. And Americans elected a substantial majority of Republicans to the House of Representatives in the 112th Congress. People will be safe in 2011-12 from the Employee Free Choice Act, a union-supported bill that would take away workers’ rights to a secret ballot in union elections and impose mandatory contracts between newly unionized firms and workers. But the Obama-controlled National Labor Relations Board isn’t listening. It wants to do everything in its power to tilt the playing field toward unionization, even if it means lost jobs … Despite a national unemployment rate of 9.8 percent and Americans’ unequivocal preferences for jobs, the board is taking matters into its own hands to expand union power.” (Diana Furchgott-Roth, “Americans Dodge Unions, But Feds Insist On Them Anyway,” Washington Examiner, 12/23/10)

NRLB Files Complaint Against Boeing:

“We knew that Big Labor had political pull at the Obama-era National Labor Relations Board, but yesterday’s complaint against Boeing is one for the (dark) ages. By challenging Boeing’s right to build aircraft in South Carolina, labor’s bureaucratic allies in Washington are threatening the ability of states to compete for new jobs and investment – and risking the economic recovery to boot … The NLRB obliged with its complaint yesterday asking an administrative law judge to stop Boeing’s South Carolina production because its executives had cited the risk of strikes as a reason for the move. Boeing acted out of ‘anti-union animus,’ says the complaint by acting general counsel Lafe Solomon, and its decision to move had the effect of ‘discouraging membership in a labor organization’ and thus violates federal law. It’s hard to know which law he’s referring to. There are plentiful legal precedents that give business the right to locate operations in right-to-work states. That right has created healthy competition among states and kept tens of millions of jobs in America rather than heading overseas. Boeing has also expanded its operations in Puget Sound while building its South Carolina presence. Ultimately, the NLRB seems to be resting its complaint on the belief that Boeing spent nearly $2 billion out of spite, which sounds less like a matter of law than of campaign 2012 politics … Beyond labor politics, the NLRB’s ruling would set a terrible precedent for the flow of jobs and investment within the U.S. It would essentially give labor a veto over management decisions about where to build future plants. And it would undercut the right-to-work statutes in 22 American states – which is no doubt the main union goal here. With a Republican House, Mr. Obama’s union agenda is dead in Congress. But it looks like his appointees are determined to impose it by regulatory fiat – no matter the damage to investment and job creation.” (Editorial, “The Death Of Right To Work,” The Wall Street Journal, 4/21/11)

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  • Jack

    I’d love to see Boeing go Galt. Tell them to go to hell!

  • Marta

    Is this a joke? Where did Boeing agree to be ruled by the National Labor Relations Board? This is surreal.

  • bigkahuna

    If I was the president /CEO of Boeing… I would go on national TV and call Obama a communist dictator, tell him to shove a Boeing plane up his a$$ and tell the world…We as a private company will not be told /forced by Obama’s evil big Govt to build their plant or planes anywhere but SC if thats what is best for Boeing.

    I would then tell them that Obamacare will be a major drain on them as it is a major cost increase and a total failure by the Dummycrat President who has never so much as lifted a finger to create wealth of his own. I would tell the world that we will not be forced by evil Big Govt to provide any benefit that they were not comfortable with financially.

    I would then tell the American people that if we wanted to build planes under a dictatorship they will move their plants to North Korea

  • Bridget

    this is sooo ‘Atlas Shrugged’ … Who is John Galt?
    Tried to tell Independents & GOPers looking for perfection
    that Obama was a Marxist in ’08 – wouldn’t listen –
    The next GOP candidate and next President
    must find this crap to be as contemptible as we do and
    must love liberty and the country as we do and won’t listen
    to dribble from the likes of Reid and these lousy
    socialists who destroy everything they touch.

  • tarpon

    Apparently Obaby needs more useful idiot voters.

    Ever since the states wised up to the collective bargaining money laundering for Democrats, and the Obama packing the NRLB with union thugs, you probably knew what on tap.

  • Ruebacca

    They are the ones who closed the phoenix-durango railroad.

  • Guy in Ohio

    This is indeed right out of Atlas Shrugged. I’d just move the plant to Mexico and tell them to jam it …

  • bigkahuna

    I hope South Carolina sues the pants off of Obama, the so called labor board, The Fed Govt, the labor unions, the Dummycrat party and everyone on any board who possibly ruled or weighed in on this.

    Then if somehow they lose.. I would build a really small factory where Obama tells them to and build plastic models of Dreamliners to be given to all passengers of the real thing.

    I would make sure it is 99% automated and hire nothing butpeople to box and move them to be shipped via non union Fed Ex

  • bobbymike

    How does this happen and why aren’t Republicans shouting from the rooftops. Its like defense cuts of $400 billion recently announced by Obama, I read article after article about implementing these cuts. Did I miss Congressional approval? How can Obama just announce defense cuts and they are actionable but congress can’t do anything about Obamacare?

  • mg4us

    i think the IAM and Washington state GOT what they bargained for. . .Remember what Sarah Palin said in Madison WI last week – – UNION Bosses don’t care about creating jobs, only about their power. That is why the goonions fought Gov Walker – – and lost!!

    Palin has it right!!

    I would like to see Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolinas go on the networks and TV calling Obama out on this.

    Call this Government Interference — “restraint of trade” and take it to Supreme Court for a decision. And if Obama and his cronies retaliate against Boeing or South Carolina – – use RICO laws on them personally!

    And also investigate the money trail from Unions to this administration and get them all on bribery charges. . . does IMPEACH Obama ring a bell!

    Enough of the fascist Socialistic thugs. . time to take our country back. . . vote them and their party out each and every time.

    2012 can’t come soon enough!!

    Obama – – Incompetent, Inept, Inexperienced . . .& Radical. . O-buma!

  • Militant Conservative

    Obama wishes to remove the tax credits given to oil companies. Companies will just pass this 4 billion dollar bill to the consumer. Since fuel is used to transport EVERYTHING. Here comes the hammer folks. Food,Fuel,Energy and every aspect of your life will get very expensive IF Obama does this.

    Kenny Soloman is right, IT , is coming. Ya ready?? Powder is dry.

  • http://perceptionasreality.blogspot.com/ Brooks

    Atlas Shrugged…
    I’m seeing the movie today at 1:20… even though I feel like I’m living it at the moment…

  • http://www.brucehanify.com/2011/04/15/whose-job-is-it-anyway/ Rob De Witt

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    Happy Earth Day, founded by Ira Einhorn – celebrated girlfriend-killer.



    A little-known fact is that Earth Day was timed to coincide with Lenin’s 100th birthday (April 22, 1870). The Russians on that day planned an enormous tree-planting in the form of a birthday congratulations to Comrade Lenin, visible from space.

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  • jainphx

    Look we all know that the constitution does not allow this, so why isn’t there a huge outcry from our side and law suits up the ying yang. You can’t just allow this to happen as if the law was on Obama’s side. We are quickly losing our freedoms and our way of life to this creature, and our side is just so afraid to find out if he was even born in this country and he’s serving legally. Either our side are political cowards or they are complicit. We need a Sarah Palin NOW.

  • Male Silverback

    That solar panel roof should be pretty much worthless in cloudy ol’Seattle.

  • Betsy Ross

    I absolutely agree with all the Galt comments….Go Galt, Boeing!
    Tell ’em to stick it where the sun don’t shine : )

  • John21

    Why is anyone surprised, its coming from a union owned and operated administration. I hope Boeing tells the NRLB what they can do is build there own plant and then the union (nonworkers) can be government employees. This will allow this administrationto continue down the chosen road to socialist society, they will run the health industry, the auto industry and now areospace industry in just four years of liberal (socialist) regressive rule.

  • Granny

    Now the really remarkable thing is that the Boeing plant in Washington did not lose a SINGLE job. In fact, they added jobs. They just didn’t add the entirely new plant and several thousand jobs going to South Carolina.

    The Obama Regime doesn’t have a single leg to stand on.

  • listingstarboard

    Boeing will bend over and take it because they depend on Government contracts. The Obama regime is implementing the radical transformation of this country at warp speed and we are powerless against it–Obama and the DOJ just ignore Congress and the Constitution and are doing what they want anyway.

  • wanumba

    Boeing should stay in South Carolina or move to Israel. Maybe India. They ARE our allies after all, unlike CHINA.

    Obama gonna set his “national security force” goons on them? Maybe the governors should be mobilizing state guards to protect businesses and people from goon swarms.