Here’s a truth-in-advertising warning to foreign investors about this week’s glossy White House sales pitch: Even as President Obama promises he’s “taking steps to ensure that we remain the destination of choice for investors,” his National Labor Relations Board is putting the screws to America’s employers.
The most obvious example is the NLRB’s ham-fisted attack on aircraft-manufacturer Boeing. Arguing that the company moved production of some of its Dreamliner jets to right-to-work South Carolina from Washington state in order to punish a union, the board ordered Boeing to close its new South Carolina plant and do the work back in Washington.
Any businesses looking to expand will have to worry that the heavy hand of the NLRB could come down on them should they shift work to one of the 22 right-to-work states.
In this year’s State of the Union speech, the president said that to “win the future,” the country has to “make America the best place on Earth to do business.” If he really wants to achieve that, he must tell the people he’s appointed to run the National Labor Relations Board: Arbitrary, costly and unfair enforcement of labor laws isn’t the way to win the future or attract foreign investment.