Times columnist Joe Nocera goes off on a rant about how Democrats are destroying jobs by having the NLRB rule in favor of the Boeing union. Go read the comments for how quickly the readers are setting him straight.
I especially liked this one:
Wait a minute. You are telling me that I could one day fly on a commercial airplane assembled by non-union workers? From South Carolina? As a native North Carolinian, I say: Ha ha ha. No way.
Isn’t this the larger issue? That Boeing is avoiding using unionized skilled middle class protected workers, in favor of lesser educated, lesser skilled workers who cannot organize because of a backward archaic state government, where the workers have little benefits or rights–and all this is in order to shave a few bucks and weaken the union, and isn’t that shear retaliation? Seems pretty clear to me. In fact, the Obama administration is protecting (creating) lots of jobs in WA state and the right of workers to organize. Very noble.
If the government can’t protect workers getting jerked around by their company, then government isn’t what I want it to be.
And again I ask, Boeing really expects people to fly on planes made by non-unionized workers (from SC??) being paid sub par salaries, and no worker protection? Ha. After the first malfunction, let’s look at the black box and see where the airplane was built. I’ll bet you a free round trip ticket on an Airbus, it wasn’t in WA state.