South Carolina vs. the NLRB

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“…Tennessee GOP Senator Lamar Alexander along with South Carolina Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint are this week introducing legislation to rein in the labor board’s latest assault on business. The board’s complaint against Boeing, filed last month, is the first shot in a new union war on federal right-to-work law, a policy shift that is every bit as threatening as the drive to get …”

On Monday, May 9, Glam Girl of the GOP Governor Nikki Haley, Lindsey, and Jim DeMint once again tried to get the nation’s attention.

“…Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who had tough words for the labor board last week, escalated his rhetoric Tuesday morning. He called the complaint “chilling” and “absurd.”

“This is legal slander,” Graham added. “There has never been a case like this. … This is politics run amok.”

Last week Graham and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said they planned on introducing a bill written expressly to nullify the April 20 Boeing complaint. On Tuesday, the lawmakers said the bill is still being tweaked, but will probably be introduced this week.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) leveled his criticism directly at NLRB acting general counsel Lafe Solomon, who filed the complaint.

“It is absurd in this country that represents free enterprise that one unaccountable, unelected, unconfirmed acting general counsel can threaten thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investments. This is something you’d expect in a third world country,” he said. “It is thuggery at its best.”

“The pandering to unions has gotten so far out of proportion, it’s difficult to accept,” DeMint added, in reference to the White House….”

What is a right to work state?

A right to work state means that a person is not required to join a union.

Unfortunately, the Obama packed NLRB thinks differently.

“…The Boeing decision is distressing for South Carolina, where the addition of a major manufacturing plant is a transcendent breakthrough. Instead of enjoying the benefits of pro-growth policies, it finds itself trying to ward off a federal blockade of job creation. Attorney General Alan Wilson has organized a coalition of eight other state attorneys general who have replied to the NLRB. They note that its “complaint will reverberate throughout union and non-union states alike, as international companies will question the wisdom of locating in a country where the federal government interferes in industry without cause or justification.” An unelected, unanswerable board’s carte blanche to dictate firms’ labor investments will compel multinationals to look elsewhere for expansion.

Barring a settlement between the two parties – an outcome that doesn’t seem likely or appealing – the case will be heard by the NLRB’s administrative law judge in Seattle, 30 miles south of Boeing’s unionized plant in Everett, Washington. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham have pledged to go to the mat in the U.S. Senate if the complaint isn’t dismissed. Governor Nikki Haley has demanded that President Obama explain why his appointees are trying to take jobs away from South Carolina. The Republican presidential hopefuls may want to hold up the NLRB’s Boeing decision as a case study when they deepen their critiques of Obama’s economic agenda….”

Charleston Regional Business Journal

The most recent event was on May 10.

“...Haley was joined at the news conference by her state’s two Republican Senators, Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint, as well as South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson and state Attorney General Alan Wilson.

Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul also took turns questioning the NLRB’s activities, with Paul going so far as to suggest that the White House has “an enemies list.”

Alexander said he plans to finalize language later Tuesday on the “Right to Work Protection Act,” which would protect right-to-work states from federal intrusion over labor disputes.
Graham called the NLRB complaint “absurd” and accused the administration of having a double standard toward Boeing because White House chief-of-staff Bill Daley is a former member of the company’s board.

And DeMint used some of the toughest language of all, blaming the Obama administration for pushing the NLRB’s “thuggery.”

“This is something that would happen in a third world county, not in America,” DeMint said of the NLRB action. “I can’t believe the administration is sitting on the sidelines pretending they had nothing to do with it.”

Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa, the chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, called Tuesday’s press conference an “overly dramatic response” and accused the GOP of peddling “disturbing misinformation.”

“This fight is about far more than just one group of workers in Washington State,” Harkin said in a statement. “Unions are one of the few voices left in our society speaking up for the little guy, and if we let powerful CEOs trample all over these rights without consequences, we might as well give up on having a middle class altogether….”

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