Flight Risk For Boeing
From The Washington Post
June 19, 2011
The opening of a manufacturing plant with nearly 1,000 jobs should be cause for celebration. But Boeing Co.’s $1 billion facility in South Carolina has met a different, less welcome response.
The National Labor Relations Board, spurred by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, hit Boeing with a complaint of unfair labor practices. …
As punishment, the NLRB is seeking to compel Boeing to move the Dreamliner jobs in South Carolina to Washington state — which the company says would essentially force it to shut the plant. Boeing calls the proposed punishment “indisputably the most consequential — and destructive — remedy ever sought by an officer of the NLRB.” …
The allegation that the company “transferred” jobs out of state is unconvincing because the jobs in South Carolina are new. The company has not cut jobs in Washington, nor has it demoted or slashed the wages of union workers. …
Employers who engage in unfair labor practices should be penalized. But the NLRB’s move goes too far and would undermine a company’s ability to consider all legitimate factors — including potential work disruptions — when making plans. It also substitutes the government’s judgment for that of the company. This is neither good law nor good business.
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