Gov. Nikki Haley: NLRB should be disbanded

posted at 3:26 pm on September 1, 2011 by Tina Korbe

After all she has learned about the National Labor Relations Board through her fight on behalf of The Boeing Company, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has come to one conclusion: The agency should be disbanded.

“What you have is a rogue agency that is doing the most un-American thing imaginable to our businesses,” the governor said this morning on a conference call. “And as we are looking at President Obama to give his speech on jobs, the only thing I want to hear from him, the only thing the people of this country want to hear from him is that he’s going to disband the NLRB or get them to step down from a great American company that chose to do business in South Carolina as opposed to going overseas.”

The NLRB sued Boeing for its decision to build and open a non-union 787 Dreamliner assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C., claiming the choice was made in retaliation against the company’s unionized workforce in Everett, Wash. Never mind that Boeing has since added more than 1,000 jobs in South Carolina and more than 2,000 jobs in the state of Washington.

The South Carolina governor feels so strongly that the independent agency shouldn’t exist that she would even support a decision from the lone Republican member of the NLRB to step down. With the recent departure of NLRB chairman Wilma Leibman, such a resignation from Republican Brian Hayes would reduce the board to just two members — i.e., to less than a quorum.

“Anything that would disband the NRLB, I’d be the biggest cheerleader for,” Haley said.

Hayes’ departure wouldn’t paralyze the NLRB for long, however. The board technically consists of five members and the president has already nominated Democrat Terence F. Flynn to fill one of the currently vacant seats on the board. He has yet to nominate a fifth appointee. Hayes’ resignation would render the NLRB impotent for a time, but, as soon as Flynn was confirmed, the board could again operate.

Haley also expressed disappointment with the president, who has yet to weigh in on the NLRB suit of Boeing in a substantive way.

“President Obama has to speak,” she said. “Silence is not leadership and he continues to be silent on something that impacts our entire country. … If he is very serious about jobs, he will speak and say whether he supports the NLRB or whether he opposes them. But to be silent is not leadership and is the most cowardly thing I think any leader could do.”

Haley noted that two members of the president’s administration (Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Chief of Staff Bill Daley) served on the board of Boeing at the very time that the company decided to build its Dreamliner plant in South Carolina.

“The president either needs to step up and say I made a wrong pick in my commerce secretary and my chief of staff or he needs to side with them and understand that they made the decision that they thought was best for Boeing,” she said.

The president’s silence — and his decision to replace outgoing Chairman Leibman with longstanding Democratic board member, Mark Pearce — suggests he agrees with the NLRB and supports the status quo, Haley said.

“He can’t stay silent — not at a time when the No. 1 issue in this country is jobs.”


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He can’t stay silent — not at a time when the No. 1 issue in this country is jobs.”

Schadenfreude on September 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM

present

Shawn92101 on September 1, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Not just a rogue agency, we have a rogue government.

Skandia Recluse on September 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM

A national right to work law would tame the beast.

Annar on September 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM

WOW !!! She called him a Coward.

birdhurd on September 1, 2011 at 3:31 PM

He can’t stay silent…

You’re right. He can’t. Whether he actually does more than make noise has yet to be seen…

taznar on September 1, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Since it has become a government controlled political tool that is in bed with Big Labor, it should be disbanded. It is definitely not bipartisan.

DL13 on September 1, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Why stop there? I can’t think of a reason to have a Department of Labor and not a Department of Business.

cthulhu on September 1, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Someone remind me – why does the NLRB exist and why does it have any power over anything?? Scanning my copy of the constitution, and I can’t seem to find it. Help?

cktheman on September 1, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Mercurial.

Brian1972 on September 1, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Boeing, Gibson, what other companies has this fascist regime bullied?

rbj on September 1, 2011 at 3:34 PM

“you should be disbanded” is a good starting point for discussion on most federal agencies.

forest on September 1, 2011 at 3:36 PM

“The president either needs to step up and say I made a wrong pick in my commerce secretary and my chief of staff or he needs to side with them and understand that they made the decision that they thought was best for Boeing,” she said.

If Boeing had paid the proper protection money to the Democrat Family, none of this would have happened.

Vashta.Nerada on September 1, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Awesome.

mythicknight on September 1, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Just one of many Boards and Departments that need to be disbanded.

portlandon on September 1, 2011 at 3:37 PM

WOW !!! She called him a Coward.

birdhurd on September 1, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Yes that was quite good.

fossten on September 1, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Man – o – man – o – manischewitz, Republican females rock. Especially the Governors.

moc23 on September 1, 2011 at 3:39 PM

mythicknight on September 1, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Getalife.

fossten on September 1, 2011 at 3:39 PM

We could disband 80% of government agencies, and nobody would notice…

PatriotRider on September 1, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Boeing, Gibson, what other companies has this fascist regime bullied?

rbj on September 1, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Boeing should simply let it be known that their next construction projects will be offshore and, if the S.C. situation is not rapidly settles, they will offer to sell the S.C. facility to the Airbus consortium to construct their monster A380s. This should satisfy S.S. Boeing (to some extent) and screw B.Hussein and the union goons.

Annar on September 1, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Oh boy is she in trouble. Calling King Barry a coward would make her racist or something.

Knucklehead on September 1, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Stalinists create Stalinist agencies made up of Stalinists. It’s a law of nature.

RBMN on September 1, 2011 at 3:41 PM

settles –> settled

Annar on September 1, 2011 at 3:41 PM

A national right to work law would tame the beast.
Annar on September 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Repeal the Wagner Act. Problem solved.

Count to 10 on September 1, 2011 at 3:42 PM

WOW !!! She called him a Coward.

birdhurd on September 1, 2011 at 3:31 PM

My My, little Charlie Krauthammer won’t like her anymore. How dare she tell the truth and risk upsetting the elite ruling class’s status quo applecart?
Be Nice, Nikki, no matter had much he’s harming the nation.

Don L on September 1, 2011 at 3:43 PM

She’s right.

ButterflyDragon on September 1, 2011 at 3:43 PM

Tough GOP women are hot…

PatriotRider on September 1, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Wooohoooo….call the Jug-eared Fapper out! Love Haley.

Fortunata on September 1, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Racist!

starboardhelm on September 1, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Nikki rules! And, she’s not afraid to shove the knife in and twist it. I think I’m falling in love all over again.

TXUS on September 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Someone remind me – why does the NLRB exist and why does it have any power over anything?? Scanning my copy of the constitution, and I can’t seem to find it. Help?
cktheman on September 1, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Wagner act. Interstate commerce clause.
Reprehensible, but not really unconstitutional.

Count to 10 on September 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Oh boy is she in trouble. Calling King Barry a coward would make her racist or something. – Knucklehead on September 1, 2011 at 3:41 PM

How can she be a racist, she is not white………. she is of Indian descent. And, she is dead on about this issue. The next time my liberal friends say that the NLRB is a non-partisan board, I am going to walk out of the room in disgust.

SC.Charlie on September 1, 2011 at 3:52 PM

She’s a leader. It’s why the establishment at the statehouse in Columbia, SC hate her guts. Literally. They hate her.

SouthernGent on September 1, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Sic ‘em Nikki!

IowaWoman on September 1, 2011 at 3:55 PM

She’s right.

AZCoyote on September 1, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Hayes’ departure wouldn’t paralyze the NLRB for long, however. The board technically consists of five members and the president has already nominated Democrat Terence F. Flynn to fill one of the currently vacant seats on the board. He has yet to nominate a fifth appointee. Hayes’ resignation would render the NLRB impotent for a time, but, as soon as Flynn was confirmed, the board could again operate.

Are you kidding? It would force every single Republican and Democrat in the Senate to take a long hard look into each appointee … and whether or not the NLRB should even exist. It really will weed out the socialists, if you will. This could prove epic. … If Republicans were smart about it, that is.

MeatHeadinCA on September 1, 2011 at 3:58 PM

How can she be a racist, she is not white………. she is of Indian descent. And, she is dead on about this issue. The next time my liberal friends say that the NLRB is a non-partisan board, I am going to walk out of the room in disgust.

SC.Charlie on September 1, 2011 at 3:52 PM

You didn’t catch the irony…

MeatHeadinCA on September 1, 2011 at 3:58 PM

BTW, I’d love to see Nikki Haley and Lindsey Graham duke it out over Obama’s appointments…

MeatHeadinCA on September 1, 2011 at 4:00 PM

President Downgrade, present.

ornery_independent on September 1, 2011 at 4:01 PM

On Sept. 23rd the Democrat National Campaign Committee will hold their Fall Retreat on Kiawah Island, SC – which not far from the Boeing Plant in N. Charleston. If you look at a map you will see there is only 1 road that leads to the gated Kiawah Island (state route 10-20), and nearby Charleston Executive Airport is convenient for private/corporate jets.

My suggestion to Gov. Haley is to line the road with protestors from the Boeing plant (as well as with thousands of others who are sympathetic to their just cause), as well as sending camera crews to photograph fat cat Democrats disembarking from eeeevil corporate jets en route to their tony retreat.

Event details:
Sept. 23rd, 2011 – Sept. 24th, 2011
Where: Kiawah, SC – Kiawah, SC
Type of Event: Fall Retreat
RSVP: Andrea Porter; 202-485-3134; porter@dscc.org
Distribution Paid for by: DSCC

Buy Danish on September 1, 2011 at 4:03 PM

I love my Govenor!

scmommy on September 1, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Wagner act. Interstate commerce clause.
Reprehensible, but not really unconstitutional.

Count to 10 on September 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Not unconstitutional as the commerce clause is currently interpeted. I think a proper intepretation of the commerce clause would not allow the Feds to regulate every aspect of a business because it produces products that are sold “interstate”.

I think the commerce clause was meant to allow the feds to govern the commerce itself (i.e., the main reason for the commerce clause was to give the federal gov’t the power to keep states from from enacting laws making it impossible for businesses from another state to compete or transact business in the state), not the manufacturing, administration, etc of businesses within a state. that should be left to state gov’ts.

So, under a narrower (and more true to the founders intent) intepretation of the commerce clause, the feds would not have the power to regulate labor relations – that would be a power reserved to the states.

Monkeytoe on September 1, 2011 at 4:04 PM

IMO, Nikki Haley is pretty awesome. I REALLY hope she repays Palin for Sarah’s support, without which she likely would not be governor.

ornery_independent on September 1, 2011 at 4:05 PM

Until Obama can man up on this, all of his public appearance photos should be photo-shopped to show him in a frilly dress…as is appropriate while he’s hiding from a girl!

landlines on September 1, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Love Nikki.

Palin/Haley ’12 ;~)

greeneyedconservative on September 1, 2011 at 4:06 PM

birdhurd on September 1, 2011 at 3:31 PM

This lady has guts.

antisocial on September 1, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Nikki Haley adopts a moderate course of action.

Personally, I would hang the Democratic members of the NLRB (the Republican guy was against all the crap they are doing, and Boeing is just the tip of the iceberg of their socialist power grab) as a warning to others.

Adjoran on September 1, 2011 at 4:07 PM

scmommy on September 1, 2011 at 4:04 PM

Do you also love Grahmnesty? NO? Then do something about it.

antisocial on September 1, 2011 at 4:08 PM

How can she be a racist, she is not white………. she is of Indian descent. And, she is dead on about this issue.

It doesn’t stop idiot Dems from other parts of the country calling Bobby Jindal racist whenever there are problems in Louisiana.

teke184 on September 1, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Gov. Nikki Haley: NLRB should be disbanded

And a few thousand other departments as well, but the Republicans are gutless.

They are afraid to displease the NYT, WaPo & NPR who will never support Republicans or Conservatives.

RJL on September 1, 2011 at 4:12 PM

This lady is going to be a BIG deal.

KBird on September 1, 2011 at 4:13 PM

“you should be disbanded” is a good starting point for discussion on most federal agencies.

forest on September 1, 2011 at 3:36 PM

And political parties.

Actually, I’m pretty much convinced our entire society is being “disbanded”. Wonder if Americans in the future will look to the principles that founded this nation, and get it right next time around?

Naw…it’ll just be more of the same.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 1, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Monkeytoe on September 1, 2011 at 4:04 PM

You would have to role back a lot to get to they position, and I’m not sure it’s so clear cut. For one thing, I would love to see labor unions regulated by anti trust laws.
Also, you wouldn’t want a state that has a monopoly on something to give its residents the power to extort the rest of the country over it.

Count to 10 on September 1, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Buy Danish on September 1, 2011 at 4:03 PM

Interesting. The NAALCP still has an official boycott of South Carolina going on.

SouthernGent on September 1, 2011 at 4:17 PM

And political parties.

Actually, I’m pretty much convinced our entire society is being “disbanded”. Wonder if Americans in the future will look to the principles that founded this nation, and get it right next time around?

Naw…it’ll just be more of the same.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 1, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Disbanding a political party is unconstitutional.

MeatHeadinCA on September 1, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Palin/Haley ’12 ;~)

greeneyedconservative on September 1, 2011 at 4:06 PM

Oh hell yeah…

miConsevative on September 1, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Palin/Haley ’12 ;~)

greeneyedconservative on September 1, 2011 at 4:06 PM

My head’s about to explode a lot – in a good way – the more I think of this. Thanks a lot, gec…;-)

miConsevative on September 1, 2011 at 4:29 PM

The Labor Relations Board has overstepped its mandate this time. They can not tell companies when and where they can build production Facilities. Now they are trying to find a loophole that will let them do just that. They want to be able to tell any company where they can put their manufacturing plants. Right to Work States will not be on the list. I agree, this is one agency that has out lived it’s necessity. Kind of like the Obama administration.

old war horse on September 1, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Interesting. The NAALCP still has an official boycott of South Carolina going on.
SouthernGent on September 1, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Ha! It would be fun to have the LCP lined up on one side and the Boeing workers on the other. What a nice welcome committee that would be for Patty Murray and her fat cat comrades. Of course the LCPs aren’t much help to Nikki Haley…

Buy Danish on September 1, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Boeing, Gibson, what other companies has this fascist regime bullied?

rbj on September 1, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Well if you count the destructive effects Obamacare will cause to American businesses, it would be easier to count how many companies HAVE NOT been bullied by this regime.

SPCOlympics on September 1, 2011 at 4:41 PM

I guess Nikki didn’t get the memo that she’s only supposed to be interested in “women’s issues”, like the right to murder fetuses, and healing our sick planet, so all the cute little bunnies and squirrels will be safe.

ardenenoch on September 1, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Nikki exposes the truth concerning the the anti-job position Obama and his anti-American thugs on the NLRB have taken. The NLRB is defintiely an arm of the AFL-CIO and have no concerns for the best interests of the American people at all. When she refers to Obama as a coward, she is just stating the obvious.

volsense on September 1, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Boeing, Gibson, what other companies has this fascist regime bullied?

rbj on September 1, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Amish farmers.

kringeesmom on September 1, 2011 at 4:49 PM

miConsevative on September 1, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Sorry ‘bout the headache (head explosion), mi, but… quite happy to oblige ;~D. Can you just imagine this country with those two at the helm…? The future ahead of us…? Ahhhhh… a girl can dream, right?

greeneyedconservative on September 1, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Let’s just say the companies that have best insulated themselves from bullying for now have been given waivers from Obamacare.

DanMan on September 1, 2011 at 5:02 PM

whoa! looked up and saw the Palin/Haley ’12 banter. Haley is one of the ones that got a check from me.

Hades yeath say I!

DanMan on September 1, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Walker/Haley 2012!!!!

BigWyo on September 1, 2011 at 5:11 PM

DanMan on September 1, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Yeeeeehaw!! YES!

greeneyedconservative on September 1, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Oh how I love this woman.

exceller on September 1, 2011 at 5:40 PM

If Republicans were smart about it, that is.

MeatHeadinCA on September 1, 2011 at 3:58 PM

Oh yeah, its always the IF. It always comes down to the big IF.

If they would be strong, if they would grow a spine, if they would act…. You catch my drift.

Mirimichi on September 1, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Why stop there? I can’t think of a reason to have a Department of Labor and not a Department of Business.
cthulhu on September 1, 2011 at 3:31 PM

You know full well the reason for that: Communists consider private enterprise to be the enemy of the state.

logis on September 1, 2011 at 6:09 PM

“President Obama has to speak,” she said. “Silence is not leadership and he continues to be silent on something that impacts our entire country. … If he is very serious about jobs, he will speak and say whether he supports the NLRB or whether he opposes them. But to be silent is not leadership and is the most cowardly thing I think any leader could do.”

The Lady’s got more stones than our male congresscritters!
Go Nikki!!!

huskerdiva on September 1, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Wagner act. Interstate commerce clause.
Reprehensible, but not really unconstitutional.

Count to 10 on September 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM

It is if you understand the original intent of the Interstate Commerce Clause. It wasn’t to tell car manufactures how many MPG’s their cars have to get. Or myriad other ridiculous intrusions on how you do business.

Ninety % of the regulations that come out of Washington bureaucracies are unconstitutional IMO.

BierManVA on September 1, 2011 at 6:29 PM

And political parties.

Actually, I’m pretty much convinced our entire society is being “disbanded”. Wonder if Americans in the future will look to the principles that founded this nation, and get it right next time around?

Naw…it’ll just be more of the same.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 1, 2011 at 4:13 PM

Disbanding a political party is unconstitutional.

MeatHeadinCA on September 1, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Lots of things done are unconstitutional. Get a clue.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 1, 2011 at 7:34 PM

It doesn’t stop idiot Dems from other parts of the country calling Bobby Jindal racist whenever there are problems in Louisiana.

teke184 on September 1, 2011 at 4:08 PM

According to that skank Jeanine Garafolo, it’s not that they’re racist, it’s that they’re suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

Jvette on September 1, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Haley noted that two members of the president’s administration (Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Chief of Staff Bill Daley) served on the board of Boeing at the very time that the company decided to build its Dreamliner plant in South Carolina.

“The president either needs to step up and say I made a wrong pick in my commerce secretary and my chief of staff or he needs to side with them and understand that they made the decision that they thought was best for Boeing,” she said.

Oh, the irony…

Gohawgs on September 2, 2011 at 4:59 AM

You would have to role back a lot to get to they position, and I’m not sure it’s so clear cut. For one thing, I would love to see labor unions regulated by anti trust laws.
Also, you wouldn’t want a state that has a monopoly on something to give its residents the power to extort the rest of the country over it.

Count to 10 on September 1, 2011 at 4:16 PM

I never said you wuoldn’t have to roll back a lot to get to that position. It’s obvious you would have to. I just stated that the current interpretation of the commerce clause is not necessarily correct (in fact, I think it is wrong).

Not sure what your point about a state monopoly on “something” is. Is your point that if a state currently is the only state to have a certain mineral (for instance), the federal gov’t can order the state to sell it at a certain price? What is your point regarding this? It sounds like a pretty non-conservative position, you want the federal gov’t to control what states do with state resources?

the anti-trust laws is just taking expanded federal gov’t and expanding it further. I suppose if we are stuck with the federal gov’t having complete control over the labor market in each state because of “interstate commerce”, then I would not oppose making unions subject to anti-trust laws. It would be far better and far more consistent with the purpose of the commerce clause, to not have the federal gov’t in control of in-state labor. As it stands now, even if a company does no business out of state, purchases no products from out of state and sells no products out of state, it is still covered by OSHA, Title VII, the FLSA and every other labor law.

the reality is, the same reasoning that allows the federal gov’t to control labor that does not cross state lines should allow the mandate in Obamacare. The reasoning is really the same, even with the active/inactive distinction. If the argument is that all labor effects interstate commerce, then how can it not be that all health care effects interstate commerce. Or all anything really. The basis for that argument is silly – i.e., if a butterfly flaps its wings, it causes a typhoon in asia. It is the argument that everythign effects everything else and therefore “interstate commerce” is effected. One of the defining cases on this held htat growing tomatoes in your back yard for your own personal consumption effected interstate commerce.

I think if we see the individual mandate found unconstitutional (and assuming Obama does not win a 2d term and the court remains majority right-of-center) it will form the basis to begin rolling back the expansive view of the commerce clause and we will begin to see a roll-back of much of the expansive view of the commerce clause. Of course, that will take years of decision-by-decision holdings, it would not happen quickly.

Monkeytoe on September 2, 2011 at 8:31 AM