By Neal Boortz
The Talkmaster has been gone for a week, and this is by FAR the most outrageous story and greatest example of Obama’s Chicago gangster style of “leadership” we saw over the past seven days.
Actually, I misspoke just a bit when I used the word “leadership.” Obama isn’t by any stretch of the imagination a “leader.” He rules, not leads …exactly as his head dog-washer Valerie Jarrett said he would with her infamous “ready to rule from day one” comment before he was sworn in. For an example of Obama’s ruling style you need look no further than his appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB is now essentially controlled by union sycophants, two of which were appointed by Obama and one of which has never been confirmed by the Senate; but more on that laters.
This particular saga is a story about how union thugs feel free to throw their weight around with their man in office .. and how Obama actually helps them.
First … just a question. Under our system do you think that the president should be allowed to tell a private company which states it can do business in, and which states it can’t? Or, to phrase the question another way; should the president – or presidential appointees – be allowed to tell a company that happens to be operating in a state with forced unionization laws that it cannot open a second manufacturing facility in a state where workers cannot be forced to join a union where the company in question is not violating any federal or state laws?
Well .. that’s exactly what we have here with our Dear Ruler; and it’s all about Obama love for unions and his disdain – perhaps even hatred in some cases – for private businesses.
This is the current saga of Boeing — where they make really, really big airplanes.
Here’s your Cliff Notes version:
For years, Boeing built airplanes at their Puget Sound plant in Washington State. Washington State is not a right-to-work state, which means that workers can be forced to join a union to keep their jobs. To work for Boeing in Washington State, you must be a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. For decades now these Machinists Union members have gone on strike every few years or so shutting down, to one extent or another, the Boeing production line. One particular strike cost Boeing over one billion dollars. The real drama begins in 2009 when Boeing announces that it is going to build a plant in Charleston, South Carolina. Now before Boeing made this announcement it went to the union leaders and asked for some guarantees against future strikes if Boeing agreed to simply expand the Washington production line instead of moving to a more favorable jobs climate. The union told Boeing to pound sand. So it’s off to Charleston!
From a business stand-point, this decision appeared to make sense – Charleston is a major port, South Carolina is relatively friendly tax-wise, and … yes … it is a right-to-work state. This means that when you are hired, you aren’t forced to join a union. There are 22 states around the country, which are right-to-work states. To unions, these states are considered the enemy. Unions hate right-to-work states with a blinding passion. They are considered an affront to their union strength and influence. But back to Boeing … so with its new plant in Charleston almost complete, Boeing decides that it is going to manufacture some of its 787s in South Carolina, rather than producing all of these planes at the plant in Washington.
This is where the unions get their panties in a wad .. and Obama’s government is right there to back them up.
In March of 2010, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming that “Boeing’s decision to build a 787 assembly line in South Carolina sent a message that Boeing workers would suffer financial harm for exercising their collective bargaining rights.” This was after the president of Boeing had made some remarks to the Seattle press stating that a motivating factor in building 787s in South Carolina was the fact that Boeing had lost so much money due to union shut downs in the Washington plant. So far so good, from a business standpoint. If the climate is unfavorable where you are, pack up and move! Makes perfect sense.
Then in June of 2010, Barack Obama appointed Lafe Solomon, a career NLRB attorney, as Acting General Counsel. This is described as an independent position from the National Labor Relations Board and is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases. To this date Solomon has never been confirmed by the Senate. Less than a year after his appointment – April 20, 2011 – Soloman, acting NLRB General Counsel, issues a complaint seeking to reverse Boeing’s decision to produce 787s at its non-union plant in South Carolina.
Consider the puddin’ stirred. What we have here is Obama’s economic wrecking crew telling a privately held corporation that it cannot open another manufacturing facility in a right-to-work state if part of the consideration for the new business locale was that you very well may not have to deal with the problems brought by unions.
Former Chairman of the NLRB Peter Schaumber called the complain “unprecedented.” U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue says that they will do everything they can to oppose the NLRB’s actions. He says, “We’re on a slippery slope when the government attempts to interfere in legal, legitimate and reasonable business decisions so that it can reward politically favored groups. It ain’t going to happen in this country because we’re not going to stand for it.” And perhaps the most scathing response has been from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley who is frustrated about this assault on her state, on private industry and on Barack Obama’s palpable silence on the issue. South Carolina’s Attorney General Alan Wilson has also gotten involved, sending a letter to the NLRB objecting to the agency’s action. Six other state attorneys general added their names to the letter: Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, Nebraska Attorney General Jon C. Bruning, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Georgia Attorney General Samuel S. Olens, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange. It states, “This complaint represents an assault upon the constitutional right of free speech, and the ability of our states to create jobs and recruit industry,” the letter stated. “Your ill-conceived retaliatory action seeks to destroy our citizens’ right to work. It is South Carolina and Boeing today, but will be any of our states, with our right to work guarantees, tomorrow.”
So now what? A hearing in the case is now scheduled before an administrative law judge on June 14 in Seattle. That decision could then be voted on by the National Labor Relations Board itself. Who exactly will we find sitting on this National Labor Relations Board? Barack Obama appointees and union-sympathizers! Let’s take a moment to look at who exactly is on this board, appointed by PrezBo. Three out of the five members of the NLRB are union sympathizers in some way.
- Chairman Wilma Liebman, is a Clinton appointee who was appointed the chairman of the NLRB by Barack Obama. She has strong union affiliations and was labor counsel for the Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen from 1990 to 1993, and she also served as legal counsel to the International Brotherhood of Teamsters for nine years.
- Mark Pearce, a recess appointment by Barack Obama who was later confirmed by the Senate. He was a founding partner of Creighton, Pearce, Johnsen & Giroux, where he practiced union-side labor and employment law before state and federal courts and agencies.
- Craig Becker, a recess appointment by Barack Obama and is still unconfirmed by the Senate. He is also a lawyer who has previously represented unions and he has served as the associate general counsel to both the Service Employees International Union and the AFL-CIO .. big time Democrat donors.
The Heritage Foundation, with the help of The Wall Street Journal, maintains an Index of Economic Freedom. Here’s the definition:
Economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they please, with that freedom both protected by the state and unconstrained by the state. In economically free societies, governments allow labor, capital and goods to move freely, and refrain from coercion or constraint of liberty beyond the extent necessary to protect and maintain liberty itself.
In 2011 the United States was 9th on that list. We were one-tenth of a point ahead of Bahrain and falling. It is precisely moves like the one now being taken by Obama’s NLRB that will move us even further down that list.
More change you can step in. If we don’t get this anti-capitalist hack out of the White House next year there’s now telling how far down we can go.