As crazy as it may sound, yes, there is actually a bill that will be on the House floor this week which is legislation that will affirm that companies have the right to conduct business in whichever state they wish. HR 2587, Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act, is sponsored by Rep Tim Scott (R-SC) and is a direct result of the Boeing fight with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).
Currently, there are 22 states with Right to Work provisions. Texas is one of these states. Here’s an
Right-to-work laws are state statutes that ban the practice of requiring union membership or financial support to a union as a condition of employment, and provide employees with individual bargaining rights.
These laws establish the legal right of employees to decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union.
In South Carolina, Boeing invested $1 billion in capital by building a facility to manufacture jets. This will create 1100 jobs immediately, with the expected employment to be 1200 by 2012. In a hugely miscalculated power grab, the NLRB jumped in and demanded that Boeing move this operation to the state of Washington. Why? Washington does not have the same Right to Work provisions. Clearly, this is an independent government agency over-regulating in favor of union workers.
To be specific – this is not a bill to be seen as an anti-union action. This bill should be seen as working on a government regulation issue, to prevent such government overreach.
The Obama administration failed in passing card check legislation. Now businesses must be protected from back door means of government control. The complaint lodged by the NLRB on behalf of union workers is now working its way though the court system. Protracted negotiations broke down between Boeing and the machinists’ union , which had been demanding a seat on the board of directors and a so-called neutrality agreement that would allow them to use card check to unionize more Boeing employees.
All people in Right to Work states have a vested interest in this. It is important for companies to not be intimidated by potential complaints of worker rights violations simply by their choice of business location.
For those interested, there is an action page available: http://StoptheNLRB.com/.