Let’s take a refreshing moment to admit the truth. President Obama and his administration are 100% owned by the criminal bosses of the labor unions. When they say jump, he says how high and his minions in the executive branch jump with him.
When Governor Scott Walker decided to take a stand against ongoing union extortion and exploitation of their members in Wisconsin, it was inevitable that the unions would strike back, and they have now opened a new front in their war against free labor. And not surprisingly, they are using the government to do their dirty work for them. They paid for this administration and they’re getting their money’s worth.
Over 100 years ago Samuel Gompers realized that the way for unions to succeed was to imitate the tactics of the worst parts of our corporate culture. In his day that meant extortion and intimidation and monopolizing labor like a resource. In recent years, as corporations have found government to be the easy road to market monopolization the labor unions have followed along right behind them, using the power of government to protect their interests, expand their control and shield them from accountability for their actions.
The result is that today we see our economy and our free market corrupted by monopolistic corporations and monopolistic unions, both empowered and protected by their relationship with government, a relationship which pervades and corrupts our entire political system. Capitalism in its natural form is a laudable basis for an economy. Unions are by nature a legitimate expression of the rights of workers. But combine either of them with a government willing to grant them special powers and protections and they easily become exploitative and destructive of liberty.
We see a classic example of this today as unions assert their power through government in the National Labor Relations Board’s attack on Boeing. The NLRB has declared that Boeing is acting with an “unlawful motive” in deciding to open a new production facility in South Carolina and that it cannot open that factory because opening a factory in a non-union state is a violation of the National Labor Relations Act.
Boeing’s motivation for moving part of their operation to South Carolina isn’t in dispute. They want to get out from under the thumb of unions which enjoy strong government protections in Washington state. As one Boeing executive said, “We cannot afford to have a work stoppage, you know, every three years.”
Boeing is a unique kind of manufacturer because their products are hugely expensive and produced on a tight schedule to meet advance sales. Any kind of slowdown in production is devastating to the company which often has its very existence at risk on the production of the next line of new airplanes. If they can’t keep delivering planes on schedule they face penalties and debt defaults which could destroy the company.
The nature of their business makes Boeing particularly vulnerable to unions and it’s not surprising that they want to move their vital 787 plant, which is the future of the company, to a state like South Carolina where skilled workers are plentiful and unions do not enjoy special protections from government.
It is not unreasonable for a company to look for more workers at a market price who want to work on the company’s terms. It’s responsible management. It is, however, totally unreasonable for unions to use the force of government through the NRLB to try to coerce that company into not moving to a right to work state and try to force them to remain in a higher priced labor market.
They’re lucky that Boeing only wanted to move to a right to work state, because they could very well have moved their plant out of the country for even lower wages and to escape union bullying as so many other companies have done. Boeing is at a disadvantage because their heavy industry is hard to relocate and they need technical skills which aren’t widely available. This makes them more vulnerable, and government should be protecting them, not saddling them with more costs and more hassles.
Government should not be acting as an agent for the unions in harassing them. They ought to be looking for ways to protect their rights instead, and one of those rights which should be enjoyed by a big corporation as much as a small one or an individual, is to go where you want to go and hire who you want to hire to do your work, not be forced to make those decisions under threat from the state.
Workers should be able to choose where they work and companies should be able to choose who they hire and where they do their work. That’s a free market, but the unions don’t want labor to be free they want to control it and through it control the businesses which need that labor, and their tool for this power grab is now the government.
The problem here is not the idea of unionized labor, but the corrupt reality and the hold it has on our government, especially with the current administration. They don’t need to send in thugs and saboteurs as they did in an earlier era when they have the NLRB to do their dirty work for them.Powered by Sidelines