published Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Big Labor protection racket

Union workers at a Boeing plant in Washington state went on strike in 2008.

So not surprisingly, when Boeing set up a second assembly line to build some of its new 787s, it chose its non-unionized plant near Charleston, S.C.

But now, the National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against Boeing over its decision to assemble 787s in South Carolina.

The federal agency says, in effect, that putting the new assembly line in an area beyond the reach of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union is “discriminating based on union activity,” The Associated Press reported recently. The NLRB says that amounts to “retaliation” against the union for the 2008 strike in Washington.

But punishing Boeing for building outside a union-controlled area more or less sets up a protection racket for Big Labor.

Private-sector unions may have a right to strike, but exercising that right creates big costs for the companies that employ the unions’ members. It is perfectly natural that companies that have been hit with such costs would think twice before expanding operations in union-dominated areas. The federal government should not punish them for that.

Comments do not represent the opinions of the Chattanooga Times Free Press, nor does it review every comment. Profanities, slurs and libelous remarks are prohibited. For more information you can view our Terms & Conditions and/or Ethics policy.
please login to post a comment

videos »         

photos »         

e-edition »

advertisement
advertisement

Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.