POSTED: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 6:52pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 10:53am
TYLER — One news story not getting a lot of play in the media right now is what's going on with the Boeing company in Washington state.
Boeing has built airplanes since there were airplanes. Back in the 90s, the corporate office left Seattle for Chicago. Now, the part that makes planes want to move to South Carolina.
The reason why: it's a right to work state. Boeing won't have to use union labor.
I lived in the Seattle-area in the mid to late 90s. Boeing is huge and employs a lot of people. But the strikes there are like clock work. You can set your watch, about every three years the machinist union and other unions affiliated with Boeing go on strike.
Unions are perfectly legal and there are a lot of great folks in the northwest that belong to them. But it's no longer the go-go 1990s when I lived there and the dot.com bubble hadn't burst.
Boeing has a lot of competition now and money is tight. So, they are a private company and they decided to move the whole operation to South Carolina.
But, enter the National Labor Relations Board. The NRLB for the time being has shut down the move. They say its unfair to move the business to another state where Boeing can make more money.
Critics say it's President Obama paying off labor unions. The NLRB says good union workers in Seattle with lose jobs. But how can the government legally tell Boeing, or a guy who makes hats, he cannot move where they can make more money.
If Boeing's move gets blocked, that opens the door for the government taking a look at other businesses and telling them what they can do.
If you own your own business, you better be paying attention to this.
The government has no business telling anyone in business union or non-union where they can operate.
That's my point of view, what's yours?
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