Kobe beef

No, not a complaint about a less-than-stellar performance of one of the best players in the NBA. It’s about a gift that anti-business liberals have just given to the Republican Party. As Kathleen Parker writes, “The NLRB [National Labor Relations Board] just tossed a Kobe tenderloin to the GOP.”

From her column, the essence:

At issue is whether Boeing, which is slated to open a plant this summer in North Charleston and create thousands of jobs, can legally do so. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) contends in a complaint recently filed against Boeing that the company can’t open its plant in “right to work” South Carolina because the move is allegedly motivated by an attempt to avoid strikes and thus intimidate Boeing workers elsewhere.

I did a double take on first hearing about the violation of states’ rights by an unelected group of federal bureaucrats. They can’t be serious, can they? Unfortunately for us, they can and are.

Unions may, or may not be a good thing in the abstract. Workers, however, should never have to choose between having a job and not joining a union. That is, being forced to join a union as a condition of employment. Each of us, should have, in other words, the right to choose whether to belong to a union.

This is something called the “right to work.” In a right to work state, including South Carolina, workers are free to choose to form a union. But are not required to have one. Boeing, or any other employer, must be free to locate their business where they choose. If state laws and taxes favor South Carolina over Washington State, so be it. Washington State has the choice: make their laws, regulations, and tax burdens more competitive. Or lose business.

This particular issue, the Kobe tenderloin, will be very tasty when we Republicans serve it up as a freedom issue. I’m guessing the vast majority of Americans who are not union members and who still believe that we should be free to work or establish a business in any state we choose will side with us.

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