Alexander Says NLRB Complaint Against Boeing “Will Cause the Export of Jobs, Not the Export of Airpl Says complaint will hurt unionized states as well as right-to-work states by sending jobs overseas
“This is an assault on every middle-income American, and especially on the millions of middle-income
States because the country that produces 25 percent of all the money in the world, which we do, is going to be buying a lot of stuff unless we do our best to throw a big wet blanket on making here what we sell here, which is precisely what this administration has been doing.
“We have a high corporate income tax. But give the President the credit – he said maybe we want to change that. We should because a high corporate income tax makes it better for manufacturers to make products overseas. The health care law takes profits away from companies that they might use to create new jobs here. I have had heads of restaurant companies tell me they are not going to invest anymore in the United States because the health care taxes take away all of their profits. Regulations make credit harder to get, and regulations drive up energy and gasoline prices. All of this makes it harder to make here what manufacturers sell here.
“Now we have an action from the National Labor Relations Board’s acting counsel that may have the effect of law for two to five years that says it is prima facie evidence of an unfair labor practice if a company that is producing in a union state expands or moves to a right-to-work state. This is an assault on every middle-income Tennessean and on millions of middle-income Americans who have manufacturing jobs -- certainly, everyone in the 22 right-to-work states. But as the Boeing chief executive said, it could be just as much of a disincentive to a state such as Michigan or Illinois or some other state that does not have a right-to-work law because why would you put a plant in Michigan if later you would not be allowed to put it in Tennessee?
“If General Motors has plants in both right-to-work and non-right-to-work states, we are going to make it more difficult for General Motors to expand in America. Where are they going to expand? They can expand overseas. They can be making there what they sell there instead of making it here.
“Some of my friends on the other side of the aisle like to talk about outsourcing jobs. This is the mother of all outsourcing jobs plans.
“For the next two to five years, we have the unhealthy situation for jobs that any manufacturer who wants to expand will have to think twice about expanding in a right-to-work state and then think at least once about coming in the first place to a state that does not have a right-to-work law. The only other option I can see for those jobs is to make them overseas. That will not only slow job growth in the United States where we desperately need it, but it will speed up the sending of American jobs overseas.”