During a recent interview with CNBC, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) should shut down the new Boeing plant in South Carolina:
This is a pretty big deal. One reason is because workers in South Carolina have decertified their union, a point noted recently by the Heritage Foundation, so this is a non-issue that Democrats and Big Labor are trying desperately to drum up:
Pelosi may or may not know that workers at the South Carolina plant in question voted resoundingly (199-68) to decertify their union two years ago. Government policies that would close the plant for being a non-union shop would simply be punishing those workers for exercising their right to determine union representation for themselves.
“The Administration is trying to foist unions on workers, whether they want them or not, whether union representation would help them or not,” Heritage’s James Sherk noted in response to Pelosi’s statement. As for the more general issue of Boeing’s suit, Sherk called it “a good way of discouraging businesses from building new factories or plants.”
The other reason is because regulations are a key concern of businesses, according to a recent survey by Gallup. The idea that a governmental entity like the NLRB can come in and close a business because its workforce is not unionized is a scary prospect.
You may say that Boeing is a very specific issue given the circumstances of the company opting to build a new plant in South Carolina, a right-to-work state over labor-friendly Washington. And it a specific issue…right now. We know that government only takes the next step when precedent is set.