Sanford distorts record on labor complaint

info@islandpacket.comApril 30, 2013 

With all the discussion about the National Labor Relations Board and a union attempting to prevent Boeing from opening its plant in Charleston, I wish our South Carolina and national lawmakers would check facts before speaking. It was Boeing officials who threatened not to open the plant unless the union succumbed to their demand and stopped advancing its labor complaint. Boeing executive Jim Albough stated the Washington facility would not be considered for the 787 Dreamliner expansion because of the union's strikes. Such retaliatory action violates labor law. The union asked that any secondary production of 787s that Charleston couldn't handle go to the Washington facility. In answer to the Boeing threat, the union district president in Seattle, wrote, "If Boeing tries to shut down its Charleston operation, my union will stand with the employees of South Carolina to stop it. Because the fact is, the only one in the room suggesting the plant will close is Boeing itself." The bottom line is Republican legislators do not want workers to have collective bargaining rights. Too bad they disagree with President Ronald Reagan, who in 1980 stated, "When free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." Loretta Janelis Bluffton

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