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Just More Words: Obama’s Chief Export: Union Favors

After Helping Union Allies Shake Down Boeing For A New Labor Contract, Obama Will Promote Exports

OBAMA SAID HE WANTS “HARDWORKING AMERICANS TO GET IN THERE AND START MAKING STUFF AGAIN”

OBAMA: “What happens in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and Raleigh and Milwaukee, that’s what we’ve got to be shooting for, is to create opportunities for hardworking Americans to get in there and start making stuff again and sending it all over the world — products stamped with three proud words:  Made in America.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks On American Manufacturing At Master Lock, Milwaukee, WI, 2/15/12)

YET HE WOULD RATHER GIVE HIS UNION ALLIES FAVORS THAN CREATE JOBS

Boeing Invested Billions Of Dollars In South Carolina And Created 1,000 Jobs

Boeing Is Investing $2 Billion In South Carolina. “Boeing decided 17 months ago to invest $2 billion building a new production plant for its 787 Dreamliner in South Carolina.” (Editorial, “Congress Vs. The NLRB,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/4/11)

Boeing Had “Already Poured Billions Into The Facilities And Have Hired 1,000 Workers.” “Boeing, a vital U.S. company, wants to build a plant in South Carolina and bring good-paying manufacturing jobs to the state. They’ve already poured billions into the facilities and have hired 1,000 workers. But the NLRB filed a lawsuit last month to force Boeing back to Washington state, where workers would be represented by a union.” (Editorial, “Killing Jobs In South Carolina,” The Denver Post, 5/2/11)

But Obama’s NLRB Tried To Punish Boeing For Opening The Plant In A Non-Union State

The NLRB Says Boeing Opening Its Plant In A Right To Work State Is Illegal. “At issue is whether Boeing, which is slated to open a plant this summer in North Charleston and create thousands of jobs, can legally do so. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) contends in a complaint recently filed against Boeing that the company can’t open its plant in ‘right to work’ South Carolina because the move is allegedly motivated by an attempt to avoid strikes and thus intimidate Boeing workers elsewhere.” (Kathleen Parker, Op-Ed, “The NLRB Fires A Shot South Carolina Can’t Ignore,” The Washington Post4/22/11)

The Columbus Dispatch: “The NLRB Seeks To Punish A Company For Creating New Jobs, At A Time When Unemployment Is More Than 9 Percent And The Nation’s Economic Growth Barely Registers.” (Editorial, “Labor Day,” The Columbus Dispatch9/5/11)

“[The NLRB] Filed A Complaint Demanding That An Administrative Law Judge Halt The South Carolina Plant (Set To Open In July), And Force Boeing To Move Production To Washington.” (Editorial, “Congress Vs. The NLRB,” The Wall Street Journal, 5/4/11)

Boeing’s Lawyer Warned That If The NLRB Can Tell A Company Where To Make Its Products, It Could Cost “Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs.” “If it succeeds, a suit by the National Labor Relations Board seeking to block Boeing from building airplanes in a non-union facility in South Carolina will set a precedent that could cost hundreds of thousands of jobs nationwide, the company’s vice president and general counsel Michael Lutting said at a Senate hearing on Thursday.” (Phillip Klein, “Boeing Lawyer Tells Senate Committee NLRB Suite Could Cost Hundreds Of Thousands Of Jobs,” The Washington Examiner, 5/12/11)

  • “Chicago-Based Boeing Says The Production In North Charleston Will Be New Work And No Union Member Has Lost A Job As A Result.” (David Dykes, “GOP Senators Vow To Block Labor Board Nominees,” The Greenville News5/6/11)

“It’s The First Time A Federal Agency Has Intervened To Tell An American Company Where It Can And Cannot Operate A Plant Within The U.S.” (Arthur B. Laffer And Stephen Moore, Op-Ed, “Boeing And The Union Berlin Wall,” The Wall Street Journal5/13/11)

AT A TIME OF DECLINING GLOBAL COMPETITIVENESS, OBAMA’S UNION FAVORS HAVE A “CHILLING EFFECT” ON MANUFACTURERS

The NLRB’s Actions Would Have Limited Expansion Of U.S. Companies And Could Force Others Overseas. “Applied across the economy, Luttig said, it means that many companies that have production lines in unionized states won’t be able to build additional facilities in right-to-work states. And on the flip side, companies won’t want to open new factories in unionized states, because they’ll be worried that they’ll be limited in where they can expand in the future. Still other companies, Luttig said, would locate overseas.” (Phillip Klein, “Boeing Lawyer Tells Senate Committee NLRB Suite Could Cost Hundreds IOf Thousands Of Jobs,” The Washington Examiner, 5/12/11)

  • “The Chilling Effect On Other Companies That Are Considering Building New Plants Is Incalculable.” (Editorial, “Labor Day,” The Columbus Dispatch9/5/11)

“As For The NLRB, Its Decision To Drop The Case So Quickly After The Machinists Cut Their Deal Exposes How Politically Motivated The Boeing Suit Was.” (Editorial, “The NLRB’s Boeing Sham,” The Wall Street Journal, 12/12/11)

The Nation’s Global Competitiveness Is Declining Under Obama

Under Obama, The U.S. Is Becoming Less Economically Competitive. “The United States is becoming less economically competitive versus other nations, with political gridlock and a weak primary education system seen as the main drag, according to a survey released on Wednesday.” (“U.S. Economy Becoming Less Competitive, Harvard Business School Study Finds,” Reuters, 1/18/12)

  • America Is Falling Behind Emerging Markets And “Just Keeping Pace” With Other Advanced Economies. “In particular, the nation is falling behind emerging market rivals and just keeping pace with other advanced economies, according to a Harvard Business School survey of 9,750 of its alumni in the United States and 121 other countries.” (“U.S. Economy Becoming Less Competitive, Harvard Business School Study Finds,” Reuters, 1/18/12)

“The U.S. Is Losing Out On Business Location Decisions At An Alarming Rate.” “‘The U.S. is losing out on business location decisions at an alarming rate’ said Michael Porter, a Harvard Business School professor who was a co-author of the study.” (“U.S. Economy Becoming Less Competitive, Harvard Business School Study Finds,” Reuters, 1/18/12)

  • Respondents Preferred Moving Business Operations Overseas. “Survey respondents said they remained more likely to move operations out of the United States than back in. Of 1,005 who considered offshoring facilities in the past year, 51 percent decided to move versus just 10 percent who opted to keep their facilities in the country, with the balance not yet decided.” (“U.S. Economy Becoming Less Competitive, Harvard Business School Study Finds,” Reuters, 1/18/12)

“The U.S. Has Fallen For The Third Year In A Row, Placing Fifth Among The Top 10 Most Competitive Nations.” “The World Economic Forum has released its annual Global Competitiveness Report, and the news is not good for the United States — or for developed economies, for that matter. The U.S. has fallen for the third year in a row, placing fifth among the top 10 most competitive nations.” (Emi Kolawole, “Has The U.S. Lost The Will To Compete?” The Washington Post’s ”Ideas@Innovations”, 9/8/11)

  • “The United States’ Fall From First In 2005 To Fifth In 2011 Represents The Largest Fall Of Any Of The 113 Countries Included In The Global Competitiveness Index.” (Emi Kolawole, “Has The U.S. Lost The Will To Compete?” The Washington Post’s “Ideas@Innovations”, 9/8/11)