South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday President Barack Obama needs to speak to the fact that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is suing Boeing if he really wants to address the nation’s employment crisis.
“This is the most un-American decision I have ever seen happen — what you have is a company that is as great and as American as Boeing, who has created 1,000 jobs in South Carolina, at the same time, expanded 2,000 jobs in Washington state — and the NLRB is trying to sue them,” Haley told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto.
“It is wrong — the president needs to speak up — he has been unbelievably silent,” Haley said. “And either he needs to say he’s for this union bullying or is he not for it. But he cannot be silent and still go before a joint assembly of Congress tomorrow and say he wants to talk about jobs.”
The NLRB is suing Boeing because the International Association of Machinists claims it violated labor law by opening a new plant in South Carolina — a right-to-work state. Boeing would create 1,000 high-paying jobs for South Carolina, but the NLRB has complained that the airline giant is trying to undermine collective bargaining.
Boeing contends building there instead of Washington state was not retaliation against the union, because at the same time it added new union jobs in Washington state and no workers there have lost work.
“We are six months ahead of schedule with Boeing — we have got some very happy employees where the union has tried to come in and they told them to turn right back around and go out,” Haley said. “[In] our state, the cost of doing business is low — it’s a strong right-to-work state.
“We have companies like BMW, Michelin, and Boeing that do great work here, and they do it without the unions, because there’s a great relationship between the employees and the employers,” she said. “I, as governor, will continue to fight for that right every day for our companies and our employees — and Boeing shutting down is just not an option.”
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