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Union Pressure

Recorded on May 19, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook

The Obama Administration has a message for business: Don't make a move without big labor's permission.

A complaint has been filed by the National Labor Relations Board against Boeing, for manufacturing its new big aircraft in South Carolina rather than Washington State. The bureaucrats say it's an unfair labor practice, because Boeing chose a right-to-work state in reaction to labor union strikes in Washington State.

Now the NLRB is looking to file against other companies that relocate against the wishes of union bosses. Boeing is a big company with the resources to fight the federal government, but most companies can't afford the legal fees. They can be intimidated into doing whatever the unions want, even if it's a bad business decision.

Once again, bureaucrats are getting in the way of progress, meaning they get in the way of jobs.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.