Friday, May 20, 2011

Sen. Bingaman and the NLRB Boeing Ruling

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) says Boeing is not allowed to move a 787 Dreamliner production facility to South Carolina. In saying that, the NLRB is being dishonest since Boeing is adding an additional 787 production facility, not moving its existing 787 facility from Washington state. It is also, quite apparently, simply repeating the false statements made to it in the union complaint.

New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman thinks that's just fine.

“They're asking to investigate what the motivation was for the move to South Carolina,” he said. “I think that's well within their rights to ask for that investigation, and it seems appropriate to see what the investigation concludes.”
That is, Senator Bingaman isn't supporting an investigation into whether Boeing's decision was legitimate, or even properly supported. He is supporting investigation of Boeing for a possible thought crime.

That's not legitimate. Nor, it seems to me, is it legitimate for an arm of the federal government to be telling a private company what states it is, and is not, allowed to operate in.

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