“At this moment especially, deep in debt, we cannot afford to let another company like Boeing self-destruct. Boeing is not a product of the free market—it’s an extension of the U.S. government. Over the years, our taxpayers have paid to create a Boeing work force with exceptionally high skills. That work force is not just an asset for Boeing—it’s an asset for the country. Why should the country let Boeing take it apart? Every American should be rooting for the NLRB’s general counsel, as the board itself has not yet found a violation.” Tomas Geoghegan Chicago union lawyer
Mr. Geoghegan, in his argument for Boeing to stay in union hands, points out as a given, that Boeing and the government are one. Like GM and General Electric before it, Boeing’s fate is cast, a victim of ever encroaching government, where the lines become blurred if taxpayer money is involved.
The crux of the argument for the NLRB is Section 7 of the Wagner Act, passed in 1937. The Wagner Act states that all union workers can engage in concerted activities without reprisal, simply meaning that unions, on a whim, can strike and engage in any activity that holds the employer for ransom translating into lost man hours of work and diminished production.
When labor becomes so empowered that it threatens what can be said and what cannot, in this case by the CEO of Boeing in its reason to move its shop to South Carolina, it has crossed the line. Boeing cannot be called in by the NLRB borgata.
The argument that a higher paid union workforce produces a better product has long been shown to be flawed by union manpower that work short hours, smoke dope and drink beer in their cars at lunch and grumble about union hierarchy and worker’s rights. The U.S. landscape is littered with the remains of union cities and states that can no longer compete in Mr. Geoghhegan’s idea of a global union utopia.