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  • 05/05/2011

Freshman Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) Battles Administration & Union Bosses to Bring Jobs to SC

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President Obama's National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) recently went after the State of South Carolina for its protection of workers’ rights and the state’s promotion of job creation.   Boeing announced in 2009 that its second line of 787 Dreamliners would be produced in North Charleston, which would create thousands of jobs for a state suffering from one of the highest unemployment rates, which currently stands at 9.9 percent.  The Obama-controlled NLRB, however, wants to halt the Boeing plant because South Carolina is one of 21 “right to work” states – and that threatens their union allies. 

Freshman Republican Rep. Tim Scott, who represents the area the plant is set to be built in, said in a statement that: 

Any action against the State of South Carolina or our State’s business partners is nothing more than President Obama directing his Administration to offer cover to his pro-labor allies. Such heavy-handed tactics on behalf of the President’s union supporters are an affront to the people of the Palmetto State who voted overwhelmingly in support of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing workers the right to secret ballots in union elections.  I affirm my support to Governor Haley and hard-working South Carolinians in the fight for the rights of workers and the preservation of our state’s sovereignty.” 

The Wall Street Journal blasted the Administration’s outrageous actions in an editorial yesterday: 

Boeing decided 17 months ago to invest $2 billion building a new production plant for its 787 Dreamliner in South Carolina. It made the decision only after talks broke down with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, whose members wanted the work at a unionized plant in Washington state. The union's many strikes over the years have cost Boeing a bundle. South Carolina, like 21 other states, has a right-to-work law, which forbids compulsory unionism.

“The Obama NLRB nonetheless chose to make Boeing a whipping boy in a new offensive against right-to-work states. It 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.   This despite the fact that Boeing made clear this is a new production facility or that it has added 12,000 jobs in Washington since announcing the South Carolina move. No matter. The complaint's real target is the federal right-to-work guarantee.”

With Republicans in control of the House, the President’s push for card check – a top priority of union bosses – is dead in the water.  But the Administration has shown a troubling pattern of punishing businesses and states that don’t toe the union-boss line.  Rep. Scott and House Republicans will continue to fight for policies that will help the private sector create jobs – and ensuring that job-creators are free to invest and expand without government or union bosses interfering is crucial to achieving that end.