Yesterday’s Washington Times reported that Representative Tim Scott, who represents the First District of South Carolina, has introduced legislation to protect Boeing from the attacks of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is attempting to prevent Boeing from opening an assembly plant in South Carolina. Because this plant would be opened in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, rather than Washington, where other Boeing assembly plants are located, the NLRB has accused Boeing of unfair labor practices. It should be noted that the assembly plant to be opened in South Carolina creates new jobs–it does not move any jobs from Washington to South Carolina. In essence the NLRB is preventing jobs from being created because those jobs are in a right-to-work state.
The Job Protection Act would clarify that federal law does not give the NLRB the right to determine where a U. S. Company should do business.
The article quotes Representative Scott as saying, “For the NLRB to punish a company for locating in a right-to-work state is an abuse of federal executive power. This administration has clearly overstepped its bounds through the inappropriate actions of an unelected regulatory board.””
The article reports:
“House Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, Minnesota Republican, has been trying to secure documents from the NLRB related to the Boeing case. So far he has received a short reply and no documents from the agency. “The NLRB is not immune from congressional oversight or public scrutiny,” Mr. Kline said in a statement. The committee is requesting information on the Boeing case because “there are legitimate questions over public statements made by NLRB officials and the timing of its complaint.” The NLRB needs to come clean on how and why it has taken action against Boeing.”
The Obama administration’s treatment of Boeing is an example of the federal government interfering with a company that would create jobs. Government interference is one of the main reasons American unemployment rates remain high. If we can shrink government and stop them from interfering in business, we will see the unemployment rate go down.