Washington Post editorial board condemns Obama’s NLRB, favors Boeing

The reliably liberal Washington Post editorial board ripped President Obama’s National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for its campaign against the Boeing Company in its Sunday column. The NLRB is trying to force Boeing to move a plant it recently built in South Carolina to Washington State. One of the many reasons Boeing says it built the plant in South Carolina, instead of its current base of operations in Washington State, is because recent machinists union strikes caused disruptions with workflow and productivity.

The unions and the NLRB claim Boeing’s decision was “retaliation.” But, as the Post’s editorial board points out on Monday morning, no jobs in Washington State were lost or compromised with Boeing’s decision. In fact, more workers were hired in both South Carolina and Washington State. “To prevail, an aggrieved party typically must show that the retaliation resulted in demotions, dismissals, wage reductions or other punitive measures,” the Post’s brass wrote. “In Boeing’s case, these reprisals are absent; the company also claims its collective bargaining agreement gives it the explicit and exclusive right to locate work where it wishes.” (Boeing cuts ribbon on $750 million South Carolina plant)

The Post also says “allegations” that Boeing is “transferring” jobs out of Washington are “unconvincing.” “The company has not cut jobs in Washington, nor has it demoted or slashed the wages of union workers,” the Post editorial board wrote. “Boeing has added about 3,000 — albeit temporary — jobs in Washington since it announced its South Carolina plans and says it is likely to add more to keep up with demand for its commercial airliners.”

So, what’s the Post editorial board’s key takeaway from this? It thinks Boeing is right, and the NLRB is wrong. “Employers who engage in unfair labor practices should be penalized,” they wrote. “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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  • BigRmv

    This just in: Washington Post blasts the left. In related news, Hell Freezes Over.

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  • The_anniebanannie

    Everybody watch your toes. Loudog is moving goalposts around so fast in here somebody is going to get hurt.

  • KGC

    Look, it doesn’t take much intellectual prowess to discern that when it comes to Unions, “retaliation” is little more than another name, be it the result of the efforts of a company or a Governor or a State Legislature, for something that doesn’t line their pocket.

  • LeftCoastRightBrain

    Geez, the cat’s lost the WaPo. I’m guessing a 2nd term is DOA.

  • ladylove

    where in Obama’s job description does it say he has the right, much less the gall to tell any company where they can and cannot locate.

    this man is getting way too big for his britches, he insults us all, over, and over, and over again, he wrote he had no use for his own mother’s race, other than to appease them, to get their votes, otherwise he wants nothing to do with them.

    he blames WE THE PEOPLE, and now business owners directly, for the economy,

    when he first began talking about his first stimulus program, WE THE PEOPLE, wanted nothing to do with it, we saw it for the waste, and the campaign kickbacks that it turned out to be. and now Obama thinks it is funny that those shovel ready jobs he promised the AMERICAN PUBLIC, never even existed. haha hehe, the joke was on us all.

    Obama has become too power hungry, he has absolutely no idea, despite 2 1/2 years of on the job training, what his job is. nor does he even care.

    he thinks he can just tell us what to do, and we will do it.

    and this is why this man must not be re-elected, period.

    and why we must elect

    Sarah Palin in 2012

    • BigRmv

      LL, I think the one word that sums all of this up nicely is “Despot.”