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Big Labor Makes Big Mistake in South Carolina


Posted by Jon Mahaffey on Monday, August 1st, 2011, 11:28 AM PERMALINK


Residents and the legislative leadership in South Carolina without a doubt don’t want anything to do with Big Labor’s oppressive tactics. Workers in South Carolina’s new Boeing plant recently booted out union bosses and legislators created a business climate to land the production of the big 787 Dreamliner for years to come.

However, according to the Daily Caller, local representatives from the International Association of Machinists (IAM) won’t leave the Palmetto State.

Anthony Riedel of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation told The Daily Caller in an interview that workers have been told that if they unionize, IAM leadership will get the NLRB to drop the controversial complaint against Boeing.

!Big Red Flag!

Two legal issues may come to the forefront in light of Big Labors latest tactic.

1. Extortion - in order for an extortion offense to qualify under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, IAM must obtain something of value from Boeing employees with his or her consent induced by wrongful use of force, fear or threats.

IAM is clearly obtaining something of value - costly union dues - by use of force, fear, and threats - if they unionize, IAM leadership will get the NLRB to drop the controversial complaint.

Moreover, the political pressure from Washington, D.C. to South Carolina is building. U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy, R-SC, told the Daily Caller that AIM’s illegal and coercive behavior “would be highly improper if not illegal”.

2. Dismissal - if the NLRB’s general counsel is participating in talks with IAM to withdraw the complaint - the NLRB’s decision to issue a legal complaint that will potentially force the Boeing Company to relocate production of 787 Dreamliners would more than likely be dismissed by the Court.

At a time when more than 14 million workers are unemployed, Big Labor continues to employ illegal tactics to pump workers hard earned cash into their coffers to support the reelection of Obama who appointed the most pro-labor NLRB board in our nation’s history. Not to mention the same board that wants to take away these South Carolinians jobs. 

South Carolinian’s take pride in the fact South Carolina is a right-to-work state and they should not be threatened or punished for its ability to attract investment.

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