PART I: How the Far Right Covers an Issue in SC


There are two stories here.  First is the way the far right covers a story, slanting it to make their select look better.  The second, and more important is the fact that this is a TERRIBLY important story, but it is being ignored because it is in South Carolina.   If this were New York, Florida, DC, Texas, or California you would have wall to wall coverage.  Because it is SC, forget it.

And – it is a HUGE ruling. 

The National Labor Relation’s Board decided that it would not be in the interests of the unions for Boeing to move to South Carolina.  In the news feeds that went national, there is no mention of Jim DeMint, only Lindsey and Tim Scott.

“…“This is an absolute assault on a great corporate citizen and on South Carolina’s right-to-work status,” Gov. Nikki Haley responded.  “We will continue to do everything we can to protect that status, and to stand with companies like Boeing who understand what it means to take care of their employees without the interference of a meddlesome, self-serving union. This bullying will not be tolerated in South Carolina.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham commends Boeing on the move.  He welcomes the manufacturer with open arms.

“If successful, the NLRB complaint would allow unions to hold a virtual “veto” over business decisions,” Sen. Lindsey Graham tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

A hearing before an administrative law judge is planned for June 14 in Seattle.

The International Association of Machinists filed a lawsuit against Gov. Nikki Haley after she said she would fight to keep unions out of the North Charleston Boeing plant.  The union sued earlier this year when Haley nominated Catherine Templeton to run the state’s labor agency because she would be helpful in state fights against labor groups….”

This is not really about the Boeing story, but the way the far right covers their pet darlings, and denigrates those who aren’t “pure”.  DeMint is grandstanding as usual, and the far right is slobbering over him, as usual, but he was NOWHERE to be seen today in Charleston with Lindsey, Nikki, and the Congressional Delegation.

But – No Jim DeMint.  He as nowhere in sight.  The far right never bothered mentioning that Lindsey is the one doing the real fight.  NewsMax slobbers all over DeMint, but ignores Lindsey. (Typical)

“…Gov. Nikki Haley joined U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Tim Scott during a Thursday press conference to discuss concerns with the union complaint filed against Boeing.

Boeing will fight the complaint from union workers to move the company’s second 787 assembly line plant from North Charleston to Puget Sound, WA. The National Labor Relations board says that there’s enough evidence to move forward with a hearing.

“We will protect Boeing,” Haley said Thursday.

Thursday’s press conference was held in the Henderson Building at Trident Research Center in North Charleston.

Scott said that the South Carolina congressional delegation will fight for corporate South Carolina. Graham called the NLRB complaint against Boeing “frivolous,” and added that Boeing may have to spend extra money to fight.

SC Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell said that federal, state and local government have united to fight for Boeing against NLRB’s “frivolous and irresponsible” complaint. He said the general assembly will introduce resolutions affirming support for Boeing….”

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“…But Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., delivered a scathing indictment of the NLRB move. “This is one of the worst examples of unelected bureaucrats doing the bidding of special interest groups that I’ve ever seen,” Graham said. “In this case, the NLRB is doing the bidding of the unions at great cost to South Carolina and our nation’s economy.”

Boeing must file a response to the NLRB complaint by May 4. An administrative law judge will hear the case in Seattle on June 14, with Boeing and union representatives pitted on opposite sides.

Solomon, the NLRB’s top lawyer, alleged in his complaint that Boeing’s decision to open a factory in South Carolina was made in retaliation for five strikes at its Seattle-area plants between 1977 and 2008.

Solomon cited a half-dozen company documents in which various Boeing officials told investors and other groups that the strikes and other threatened work stoppages had caused production delays and made it hard to hit delivery deadlines.

“A worker’s right to strike is a fundamental right guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act,” Solomon said. “We also recognize the rights of employers to make business decisions based on their economic interests, but they must do so within the law.”

Rep. Tim Scott, R-S.C., accused President Barack Obama of playing politics to appease his pro-labor allies.

“Such heavy-handed tactics on behalf of the president’s union supporters are an affront to the people of the Palmetto State who voted overwhelmingly in support of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing workers the right to secret ballots in union elections,” Scott said.
Obama’s chief of staff, Bill Daley, was on Boeing’s board of directors in October 2009 when it voted unanimously to build the Dreamliner’s new final-assembly line at the North Charleston site, a $750 million investment projected to create 3,800 jobs in South Carolina…”

Nor is DeMint mentioned in the WSJ version of the event.

“…John Raudabaugh, a former NLRB Republican member who represents companies for Washington, D.C., law firm Nixon Peabody LLP, said Boeing executives should have been more measured with their words. “I think it’s unfortunate if they said it the way it has been reported,” he said. “They should have offered up a cost-related explanation,” Mr

. Raudabaugh said.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) attacked the NLRB in a statement, saying that if the board’s action is upheld it would “allow unions to hold a virtual ‘veto’ over business decisions.” Mr. Graham said the NLRB is trying to punish states such as South Carolina where unions are relatively weak, and he said he’d seek legislation to cut off funding for “this wild goose chase.”

Joe Trauger, a vice president at the National Association of Manufacturers, said the NLRB’s decision sends a message that companies with union representation can’t expand in right-to-work states. If the complaint succeeds “no company will be safe from the NLRB stepping in to second-guess its business decisions on where to expand or whom to hire,” he said.

The board is reversing decades of its own precedent and Supreme Court rulings to “advance its agenda to expand unionization,” Mr. Trauger said. “If the IAM and NLRB succeed in their complaint, no company will be safe from the NLRB stepping in to second-guess its business decisions on where to expand or whom to hire,” Mr. Trauger said.IAM Vice President Rich Michalski, whose union represents more than 35,000 Boeing workers, praised the decision, saying Boeing “needs to rethink its strategy of repeatedly alienating its most valuable asset: the highly-skilled workers who build Boeing aircraft.”…”


If you are to believe this headline, Jim DeMint has single handedly fought the National Labor Relation’s Board in SC.

“…Graham chimed in on Twitter…”

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Now, take a look at DeMint’s twitter feed.  He was an hour behind Lindsey on the story. While Lindsey was fuming about what was happening in SC, DeMint wasn’t even on Twitter.  He had to play catch-up.

Jim DeMint on Twitter

Ignored is the fact that Lindsey has been on top of the issue.

“…“This is one of the worst examples of unelected bureaucrats doing the bidding of special interest groups that I’ve ever seen.  In this case, the NLRB is doing the bidding of the unions at great cost to South Carolina and our nation’s economy.

“It makes perfect sense for a world-class company like Boeing to diversify their production capabilities.  Boeing made a solid business decision in coming to South Carolina, and we welcome them with open arms.  They could have gone anywhere, but they knew that South Carolina was a great place to do business.  Their decision to open their new facility in North Charleston will pay dividends for the company, its workers, and our state for many years to come.  It’s a decision that will stand the test of time.

“If successful, the NLRB complaint would allow unions to hold a v

irtual ‘veto’ over business decisions.  Left to their own devices, the NLRB would routinely punish right-to-work states that value and promote their pro-business climates.  The current makeup of the NLRB Board has been skewed against business.  This action will not be allowed to stand.

“I would be surprised if any court recognized the legitimacy of this complaint.  It’s pretty easy to see that at its heart, this is about union politics.   As Senator, I will do everything in my power, including introducing legislation cutting off funding for this wild goose chase, to stop the NLRB’s frivolous complaint.”…”

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It’s like the port funding thing for Charleston.  Lindsey said he would rather lose his job than lose the port.

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