Oh my: The NLRB made the wrong call on Boeing, says … Obama’s Commerce nominee

posted at 7:20 pm on June 21, 2011 by Allahpundit

Not-so-minor caveat here: This guy is a member of Boeing’s board of directors, as was new White House chief of staff Bill Daley. If you’re wondering why The One has uncharacteristically refrained from pandering to his union bankrollers by bashing Boeing publicly, that’s a big part of it.

Even so, it’s sweet to have administration officials on record as thinking the NLRB’s overreached. Especially since they’re … still overreaching.

In a move that will undoubtedly please labor unions, the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday morning proposed new rules to speed up unionization elections, largely by streamlining various procedures…

Unions have long complained that it takes too many weeks from when they petition for an election to when a secret-ballot election is held. They say the process gives management too much time to mount an aggressive antiunion campaign with videos and one-and-one sessions with workers.

According to the N.L.R.B., the average amount of time it took from petition to election in 2008 was 57 days.

American companies have repeatedly opposed any effort to shorten the period from petition to vote, saying that would make it harder for managers to tell workers about the disadvantages of unionizing and to ensure that workers gets both sides of the story.

An easy three-step process to unionization. First, make sure workers are ill-informed about their choices. If that doesn’t work, intimidate them into voting for the union by eliminating their right to a secret ballot. And if that doesn’t work and the company tries to move operations to another state, have the NLRB step in and tell them that they’re trapped and can’t leave. No wonder people laugh out loud now when O talks about his economic management.

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If the Boeing CEO had some, he’d threaten to move the headquarter to the South.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 7:24 PM

What racist thing to say!

tetriskid on June 21, 2011 at 7:25 PM

If the Boeing CEO had some, he’d threaten to move the headquarter to the South.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Only if any corporate liberal loons stay in Washington State. Otherwise, welcome to South Carolina!

SouthernGent on June 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Alas, the Boeing CEO is also in Obama’s pockets, and in China’s too.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Obama wants to burn the candle and keep it too.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 7:34 PM

“and never thought about putting those jobs outside the US”… but I’ll bet they’re thinking about that now.

ProfessorMiao on June 21, 2011 at 7:34 PM

Good SouthernGent, HQ are in Chicaco now.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Boeing needs to just announce they will move 100% of their work out of the USA.

ladyingray on June 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Crony Capitalism meets Leftist Ideology…

The last Boeing CEO moved HQ from Seattle area to Chicago…

and then retired to Texas

phreshone on June 21, 2011 at 7:36 PM

As a Dixie resident I’m too stoopid to understand what the hell this is all about, let alone build an aircraft.

Limerick on June 21, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Limerick on June 21, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Not to mention awesome cars and NUKES!

ladyingray on June 21, 2011 at 7:38 PM

ladyingray on June 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM

That would be nice, but bho and team would see to it that boeing never ever gets another government job! The union thugs, aka bho wants their pound of flesh come he!! or high water. The money money money!
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letget on June 21, 2011 at 7:41 PM

It’s sad, really.

Boeing was such a huge employer in the Seattle area. Sad to see them go, but can understand if they did pull out.

portlandon on June 21, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Executive Profile
John E. Bryson
Independent Director, The Boeing Co.
*************************************

Mr. Bryson is a Senior Advisor to KKR. He has been a Director of The Boeing Co. since 1995 and Chairman of Southern California Edison Co. since 2003. Previously, he served as Chairman of Edison Mission Energy from 2000 to 2002 and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SCE from 1990 to 1999. Mr. Bryson was Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Edison International until July 31, 2008. He has served as a Director of SCE since 2003. He was a Director of SCE from 1990 to 1999. Currently, Mr. Bryson is a Director of The Walt Disney Company and California Endowment. He is a Trustee of the California Institute of Technology and the W.M. Keck Foundation. Mr. Bryson is a Member of the Compensation Committee and the Governance, Organization and Nominating Committee of Boeing.

Mr. Bryson received a BS degree from Stanford University and an MS degree from the Yale Law School.

http://quotes.barrons.com/BA/company-people/executive-profile/75505586#less

canopfor on June 21, 2011 at 7:42 PM

From the video,there’s that word again,”unexpected.”

docflash on June 21, 2011 at 7:42 PM

If the Boeing CEO had some, he’d threaten to move the headquarter to the South.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Only if any corporate liberal loons stay in Washington State. Otherwise, welcome to South Carolina!

SouthernGent on June 21, 2011 at 7:27 PM

They moved their HQ out of WA in 2001.

lexhamfox on June 21, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Boeing needs to just announce they will move 100% of their work out of the USA.

ladyingray on June 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM

It’s the perfect Obama plan. Have all Boeing planes made in China, then we can borrow more from them cuz they’ve got all that profit from making them.
See how that works?

predator on June 21, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Obama is involved in EVERY BAD NEWS story.

And except for Ronney and Huntsman, no other Democrat contender!

Roy Rogers on June 21, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Isn’t Bryce the one whose nomination is being held up by the GOP? Is this his way of ingratiating himself with them to get the job?

I don’t trust this guy!

honsy on June 21, 2011 at 7:49 PM

They moved their HQ out of WA in 2001.

lexhamfox on June 21, 2011 at 7:44 PM

They sure did.

HQ are in Chicaco now.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 7:49 PM

“Smartest Administration, evah!”

GarandFan on June 21, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Boeing needs to just announce they will move 100% of their work out of the USA.

ladyingray on June 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM

You’d be surprised how much of it is already, especially in China.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Pelosi Statement on Nomination of John Bryson as Secretary of Commerce
May 31, 2011
**************

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on President Obama’s nomination of John Bryson as the next Secretary of Commerce:

“Californians are proud that President Obama has nominated as Commerce Secretary a leader who has made his career in our home state and worked on critical issues facing California. John Bryson is a successful business leader, and he will be an extraordinary, strong, and valuable voice for America’s economic interests as Secretary of Commerce. We look forward to working with John Bryson on promoting jobs and economic growth across our country.

“President Obama’s choice for this critical post reflects his commitment to creating jobs and strengthening our economy; keeping America competitive; reinforcing, solidifying, and extending ties of trade and commerce with our economic partners around the world. We are grateful for Secretary Locke for his service, wish him well as our next ambassador to China, and will work together to build on his legacy with John Bryson at the Commerce Department.”
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http://www.democraticleader.gov/news/press?id=2192

canopfor on June 21, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Got to admit–it’s funny watching Barry’s labor pals acting like sending jobs to Dixie is tantamount to outsourcing.

Christien on June 21, 2011 at 7:52 PM

HQ are in Chicaco now.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Has Quinn cut a deal with them to make sure they stay? Or are they a threat to leave too? I can’t keep up with Quinnocchio.

predator on June 21, 2011 at 7:53 PM

How about,every attempt at Obama`s Appointments/Nominees
gets de-railed,until 2012!!

Or does one stand by,and let America,gets CHANGED into
THIER VERSION!!!

canopfor on June 21, 2011 at 7:53 PM

canopfor, that was before he said what he did about the Boeing crap.

“Oh, crap, that Obama is really a dummy” –Pelosi

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 7:53 PM

canopfor on June 21, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Former secretary Gary Locke? Sounds familiar…something about governor of Washington.

Christien on June 21, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Federal Law, duh. – crr6

lorien1973 on June 21, 2011 at 7:58 PM

HES AN *************ENVRIOMENTALIST**********************

Bryson Pick: Anti-Jobs President Strikes Again
Jun. 1 2011
**************

President Obama’s nomination yesterday of John Bryson as the next Secretary of Commerce is like putting Bernie Madoff in charge of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Unfair? Not when you look at Mr. Bryson’s record as the co-founder and chairman of the left-wing environmental group, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC),

which has a history of supporting jobs-killing environmental policies and bringing lawsuits at the expense of U.S. economic growth and jobs.

Given Mr. Bryson’s record, the Senate may not confirm him as the nation’s new Commerce Secretary. Nevertheless, the President’s choice is yet another example of hostility to job-creation and pro-business policies.
(More………..)

http://blogs.forbes.com/garyshapiro/2011/06/01/bryson-pick-anti-jobs-president-strikes-again/

canopfor on June 21, 2011 at 7:58 PM

canopfor on June 21, 2011 at 7:58 PM

RED flags going up!!!

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 8:02 PM

News-Media Centre

John Bryson is the Right Man at the Right Time to Lead Commerce Department
*********************

As a Co-Founder of NRDC, He Understands Benefits of Efficiency and Renewable Technologies

Washington (May 31, 2011) — The following is a statement by Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, on the nomination of John Bryson to be the next Commerce Secretary:

“As one of the founders of NRDC, John Bryson is a visionary leader in promoting a clean environment and a strong economy. He has compiled an exemplary record in public service and in business that underscores the strong linkage between economic and environmental progress.

“John has long recognized the benefits of efficiency and renewable energy technologies, and he understands the critical need for us to continue investing in them.

“We look forward to working with John at the Commerce Department and with the rest of the Obama Administration in moving toward that brighter and more prosperous America. We also look forward to John’s leadership on the critical issues facing our oceans and coasts.”

http://www.nrdc.org/media/2011/110531.asp

canopfor on June 21, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Obama`s Million Man National Security Forces are slowly
coming together,

one Environmental Wacko,Social Justice SJOTUSA,Union
Goon,etc…. at a time!!

canopfor on June 21, 2011 at 8:07 PM

canopfor on June 21, 2011 at 7:58 PM

RED flags going up!!!

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Schadenfreude:And how…yup!!:)

canopfor on June 21, 2011 at 8:08 PM

canopfor on June 21, 2011 at 7:50 PM
=======================
Former secretary Gary Locke? Sounds familiar…something about governor of Washington.

Christien on June 21, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Christien:Every Hopey nominee is a mirror of Obama!:)

canopfor on June 21, 2011 at 8:10 PM

News flash: Geithner just called for higher taxes.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Looks like Obama over-corrected when he drove the car out of the ditch, swapped ends, and smacked into a non-union 18-wheeler hauling Chevy Volts.

Hollywood has never come close to the drama of the O’House. Keystone Kops is a contender, but way behind.

BobMbx on June 21, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Got to admit–it’s funny watching Barry’s labor pals acting like sending jobs to Dixie is tantamount to outsourcing.

Christien on June 21, 2011 at 7:52 PM

I wish I could laugh about it as it just makes me angry as hel!.

With all the quasi-communists, socialists, and anti-capitalists entrenched in our federal government it sometimes feeIs as if we lost the cold war.

Perhaps this is why Dmitry Medvedev is so anxious that Obama is re-elected – - they share common goals.

Rod on June 21, 2011 at 8:12 PM

canopfor, that was before he said what he did about the Boeing crap.

“Oh, crap, that Obama is really a dummy” –Pelosi

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Schadenfreude:Ugh…and Pelosui,shes Loud N’Proud!:)

canopfor on June 21, 2011 at 8:12 PM

Me thinks………….

Hopey/Changey is Progressive Nation Building!!!

canopfor on June 21, 2011 at 8:17 PM

Newt Gingrich has suggested, strongly, that congress should cut off funding for the nlrb. He gets very little credit for that bold suggestion. DD

Darvin Dowdy on June 21, 2011 at 8:23 PM

It’s sad, really.

Boeing was such a huge employer in the Seattle area. Sad to see them go, but can understand if they did pull out.

portlandon on June 21, 2011 at 7:41 PM

They moved their corporate HQ but as far as I know they still have the same amount of workers in WA. I think that is part of their defense in this matter.

lexhamfox on June 21, 2011 at 8:33 PM

It’s sad, really.

Boeing was such a huge employer in the Seattle area. Sad to see them go, but can understand if they did pull out.

portlandon on June 21, 2011 at 7:41 PM

They not closing the plant there. They are currently hiring with hundreds of job openings still to be filled. They’ve stated repeatedly that not one job will be lost in Seattle. Anything you hear different is a lie put out by the union and their supporters.

Rod on June 21, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Obama is involved in EVERY BAD NEWS story.

And except for Romney and Huntsman, no other Democrat contender!

Roy Rogers on June 21, 2011 at 7:47 PM

Very well played, Roy!
[So, who's up for a meaningfull primary challenger on the Dem side? Hillary? Bayh? Buehler?]

massrighty on June 21, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Oops,thats SCJOTUSA,not(SJOTUSA)

canopfor on June 21, 2011 at 8:39 PM

News flash: Geithner just called for higher taxes.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Since he doesn’t actually pay taxes…

massrighty on June 21, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Another little bit of news from bho’s little EO pen that was under the radar with all the other news going on. This might be something for you to look into?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/does-the-new-white-house-rural-council-uns-agenda-21/
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letget on June 21, 2011 at 8:40 PM

I think Boeing pulling up roots and moving the whole business to a non-union state would be fitting justice to this obvious union/Obama intimidation. I’ve been a union member for 3/4 of my working life, this is not the union I fought for and paid into all my life. At least I hope not.

MJZZZ on June 21, 2011 at 10:21 PM

the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday morning proposed new rules to speed up unionization elections, largely by streamlining various procedures…

Understand that “streamlining”, means making them less transparent and easier for union thugs to rig.

drunyan8315 on June 21, 2011 at 10:32 PM

I didn’t see it mentioned here, but I suppose most of you know that Boeing headquarters is not in Seattle or South Carolina; it’s in Chicago.

The hilarity of Boeing snapping it off in the airline union’s collective arse in Seattle, expanding in a right-to-work state, South Carolina, all while headquartered in the union capital of Crook County, Illinois and connected everywhere to O’Bozo’s mob buddies … it is just priceless.

Jaibones on June 21, 2011 at 11:59 PM

Concur… you’ve got to be smart to run Boeing…

Khun Joe on June 22, 2011 at 12:40 AM

I think Boeing pulling up roots and moving the whole business to a non-union state would be fitting justice to this obvious union/Obama intimidation. I’ve been a union member for 3/4 of my working life, this is not the union I fought for and paid into all my life. At least I hope not.

MJZZZ on June 21, 2011 at 10:21 PM

There will be a comeuppance for the greedy unionistas. Under a Republican president Boeing may decide to move out of Washington state altogether, and a Republican run NLRB won’t bat an eye.

slickwillie2001 on June 22, 2011 at 1:03 AM

I think Boeing pulling up roots and moving the whole business to a non-union state would be fitting justice to this obvious union/Obama intimidation. I’ve been a union member for 3/4 of my working life, this is not the union I fought for and paid into all my life. At least I hope not.

MJZZZ on June 21, 2011 at 10:21 PM

It’s been about money and political power for so long.

Corporations have come to expect having to pay lower wages and less benefits and getting tax breaks…they’re all too aware they can make more money somewhere else. That’s fine. But it reaches a point where it is no longer to our advantage to support their wealth accumulation if we are excluded.

You could have 0% corporate taxes and these companies would not be inclined in the slightest to raise salaries, though they may hire more. In the meantime, both parties would find ways to tax us in order to make up the revenue loss.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 22, 2011 at 5:30 AM

It’s sad, really.

Boeing was such a huge employer in the Seattle area. Sad to see them go, but can understand if they did pull out.

portlandon on June 21, 2011 at 7:41 PM

See, this is the big lie that you’ve been sold by the NLRB and the union goons. Boeing is not pulling out of the Seattle area at all. 70% of all 787 Dreamliners will be builtin the Everett, WA plant. They are hiring now and have promised that not a single worker there will be laid off. Demand for the 787 is so high that Boeing needs to open up a second plant to build more of them, and they’ve chosen S. Carolina for the new plant. Not a single union worker will be laid off in WA and they’re adding jobs there. They are also trying to create thousands of jobs in S. Carolina but the Obama administration and the unions are trying to prevent this job creation.

DO NOT BELIEVE THE UNION LIES YOU ARE BEING FED!!!

Trafalgar on June 22, 2011 at 7:37 AM

Corporations have come to expect having to pay lower wages and less benefits and getting tax breaks…they’re all too aware they can make more money somewhere else. That’s fine. But it reaches a point where it is no longer to our advantage to support their wealth accumulation if we are excluded.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 22, 2011 at 5:30 AM

Every rabid free-market conservative the world round needs to understand this.

“A rising tide lifts all boats” doesn’t work if the tide is only rising in a private lake.

Uncle Sams Nephew on June 22, 2011 at 8:12 AM