The National Labor Relations Board is an amazing drag on our economy and productivity and embodies almost everything that is wrong with statist social democracy. And they proved it in spades with this ridonkulous shite.
Can federal bureaucrats tell a private company where to build a factory?
Members of President Obama's National Labor Relations Board think they can. In a decision that even the New York Times is describing as "highly unusual for the federal government," Lafe Solomon, who was appointed to the board by Obama, filed a complaint on behalf of the NLRB on Wednesday seeking to force the Boeing Co. to build an assembly line in Washington state instead of South Carolina. The NLRB action stems from Boeing's October 2009 decision to build a new factory for its new 787 Dreamliner airplane near Charleston, S.C. Boeing first sought to build the new plant near its existing facility in Puget Sound, but negotiations with the International Association of Machinists broke down when the union refused to agree to a long-term no-strike clause. The IAM had struck four times since 1989, costing Boeing at least $1.8 billion in revenue.
That's when Boeing chose South Carolina, a right-to-work state where, unlike Washington, workers are not forced to join unions. As a result of this policy, only 6.2 percent of South Carolinians belong to unions. Construction of Boeing's new Charleston factory is nearly complete, and the company has already hired more than 1,000 new employees, drawn mostly from within the immediate region. And back in Washington, Boeing has actually increased employment at its Puget Sound plant by 2,000 workers. But that isn't good enough for the IAM or the Obama White House. After suffering major defeats in Wisconsin and Ohio, the labor movement is looking for a scalp. Obama's NLRB is trying to turn Boeing into one.
I am gobsmacked..... oh wait no I'm not. This is just another example of the revenge of the power mad, beta male/fem, petty tyrants who gravitate to positions where they can wreak havoc upon the productive class. The best part about this is that Obama used recess appointments to get two of his (his union bosses) thugs on the panel without Senate confirmation, and now they deliver a stunningly obvious quid pro quo. The unions spent tens of millions to put their buddy in office and they need to get some return. Maybe Boeing can set up shop in Galt's Gulch.
Mock Ayn Rand all you want oh over-educated elites, but she nailed one thing to the wall. Statism is the death of productivity.