Letters to the Editor

NLRB should speak up on plants going overseas

I'm surprised the federal government has decided to sue Boeing for building a new factory in South Carolina when it has been silent as American companies moved their new manufacturing plants offshore.

Whether it's steel, electronics, clothing or software, American companies have moved production overseas and sheltered their profits from taxation. One can't talk to a customer service representative who doesn't have a foreign accent.

The National Labor Relations Board never batted an eye as Eastman Kodak reduced its Rochester, N.Y., presence from 62,000 to fewer than 8,000 people by closing operations or moving manufacturing jobs to China, Mexico, Brazil and other countries. Does anyone know that one of the largest manufacturing plants east of the Mississippi River has all but closed and that many of the buildings were imploded to get them off the New York state tax rolls? Where was the NLRB then? I guess Kodak wasn't a union shop. American cities are a wasteland of closed factories because of the lower cost of manufacturing overseas.

Opening factories in South Carolina is a better alternative than moving plants to China. It's better for the American economy, the American unions and the American employees to have factories in the U.S., with or without union representation, where Americans can produce quality products and determine their own methods of bargaining for wages and benefits. I wonder how successful the NLRB will be negotiating with subsidiary overseas companies making products for America. Don't you wonder who's on first?

James H. Dove