And she’s not going to take it anymore. The National Labor Relations Board decided that Boeing couldn’t finish a project in Charleston, S.C., which would create 1,000 new jobs. The plant must have been a toxic-waste dispersal plant, right? Maybe a spotted owl pot pie factory? It had to have something really, really wrong with it, right?
Nope. It was just constructed in a right-to-work state, and the NLRB said Boeing couldn’t do that. Well, it didn’t come out and say that, but I just read the NLRB’s premise and arguments to my two Pekingeses, and they’re still convulsing on the floor, convulsing with canine laughter. I swear one of them woofed, “Get outta here!” The NLRB says that the Boeing plant would be unfair to Boeing employees in Washington state, which, unless I’ve completely forgotten my geography, is on the other side of the country from South Carolina.
Now, Boeing is kinda playing both sides of the table here. It buddied up with union forces (and their powerful allies in Congress) when it came time to preventing EADS, the European aerospace company, from building the next-generation Air Force tanker in Alabama. So I’m not ignorant of their tactics. (Business can get dirty. Who knew?) But the fact that a federal agency can just tell a company not to complete a multi-zillion-dollar facility because some union members across the continent from them don’t want it built just frosts my grommets. And Harry Reid comparing the NLRB’s stand to the Founding Father’s approach to government takes my grommets down to 0 degrees Kelvin. Thomas Jefferson would have caned you in front of the C-SPAN cameras for saying such, Mr. Reid.
Here’s what S.C. governor Nikki Haley had to say about the issue, which the Obama administration is strangely quiet on.