(CNN)-Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander railed against the Obama administration in Saturday's GOP weekly address. Taking aim at actions by the National Labor Relations Board, Alexander championed right-to-work laws that "protect a worker's right to join or not to join a union."
The second-term senator supported the rights of unionized companies to expand into states with right-to-work laws as a way to make it "easier and cheaper to create private sector jobs here in America."
"We can start by helping companies make in the United States what they sell in the Unites States," he said, "but unfortunately recent actions by the administration are making that hard to accomplish."
Alexander blasted the NLRB decision to stop Boeing Company from building airplanes at a non-union plant in South Carolina.
"The NLRB and unions want to make it illegal for a company that has experienced repeated strikes to move production to a state with a right-to-work law," he declared.
Seeing a bleak future for jobs in the shadow of the NLRB, the former governor said, "What would this mean for the future of American auto jobs? Well jobs would flee overseas as manufacturers look for a competitive environment in which to make and sell their products around the world."
The senator countered President Obama's herald of the U.S. auto industry's comeback in his own weekly address by citing success of foreign companies on American soil. He specifically recalled his time as governor, when he was able to attract Japanese business to Tennessee instead of Kentucky–based largely on the allure of Tennessee's right-to-work law, which Kentucky lacked.
Alexander described his early triumph as a foundation for future growth.
"Nissan's success [in Tennessee] is one reason why Volkswagen last week opened its North American manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, and why Honda, Toyota, BMW, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and thousands of suppliers have chosen southeastern right-to-work states for their plants," he said.
And as a final argument for the importance of right-to-work states, Alexander said, "Giving workers the right to join or not join a union helps to create a competitive environment in which more manufacturers like Nissan and Boeing can make here what they sell here."