South Carolina GOP Sen. Jim DeMint says reports businesses are bypassing pro-union states stem from the most flagrant of the “many absurdities from the Obama administration that make it harder to do business in our country.” DeMint also told Fox News’ Neal Cavuto Tuesday that forced unionization pushes jobs overseas and, in the end, hurts the unions.
“Well, Neil, we have talked about many absurdities from the Obama administration that make it harder to do business in our country — I can’t think of one that is any worse than this,” he said. “There are no constitutional powers for this acting general counsel to threaten a company like Boeing, to threaten thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of investment.
“But it tells you that it’s going to take a forced federal government effort to keep businesses in these states that create a bad business environment,” DeMint said. “Enforced unionization hurts workers — it hurts companies — and a lot of these companies are trying to escape. And if we won’t let them escape to right-to-work states, as you were just saying, they are going to end up in China or some other country.”
The National Labor Relations Board recently filed a union-retaliation complaint against Boeing Co. for building an airplane factory in South Carolina. The board’s complaint alleges Boeing should add a production line in Washington state, where it has assembled its aircraft since 1916, because it retaliated against striking unions by building a South Carolina factory for the 787 Dreamliner.
The House Education and the Workforce Committee has given the board until May 19 to submit documents and communications between a regional office that investigated the case and the national office.
DeMint said if the ruling stands, companies will just stop negotiating with unions and move to right-to-work states.
“They will just move, because, if speaking freely about the cost of unionization and other costs such as high taxes are going to end you up in court, then companies will forget the negotiations — they will just move,” he said. “So, what the board is doing here is going to hurt unions, it’s going to hurt those states that are forced-union in the future, because what company would put a location in a forced-union state if they could never expand to a right-to-work state after that.
“This is going to hurt workers in every state and it’s going to hurt job growth in America.”
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