BLITZER'S BLOG: Boeing plant controversy could undermine big biz support for Obama
June 14th, 2011
03:53 PM ET
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BLITZER'S BLOG: Boeing plant controversy could undermine big biz support for Obama

Washington (CNN) - Rightly or wrongly, here’s one reason why some major Obama big business 2008 campaign supporters now have reservations about supporting him again. It involves a huge Boeing investment in a new assembly plant in Charleston, South Carolina.

Boeing has spent about $750 million so far in building the 787 Dreamliner plant and has already hired 1,000 workers. The plant is supposed to open in the coming days, but the National Labor Relations Board is threatening to shut it down. NLRB officials say Boeing could be in violation of labor relations laws.

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  1. Sniffit

    So the POTUS is only supposed to enforce labor laws....never? Is that what I'm hearing? If it's actually retaliation it likely does violate the law. If there are board room transcripts, meeting minutes, emails, etc., that indicate this was retaliation, punishment, etc., then the law shoudl be applied. If not, then so be it...they should go forward and build their plant. Let the court process decide. That's what it's there for...and it's not the POTUS' place to go deciding which laws to enforce or not. Period.

    June 14, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  2. Name king

    Hey we got to understand that the only string left holding up the middle
    Class is the labor union. I know the wide open markets are causing big business and the repugs to get rid of the middle class to compete with third world countries. The problem is if we lose our middle class who is left to buy American homes, and high end items. What's going to happen to all the workers of these industries. The middle class is the engine of our economy, if we keep losing our middle class what housing markets, motor vehicles markets and high end item markets are going to get consumers from.

    June 14, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    When a company like Boeing...one of America's largest exporting manufacturing companies... invests $750 million to start a new manufacturing plant, in this environemnt, the government should be encouraging that with everything they can. It's about jobs and getting the economy back up and going.

    But not the Obama Administration. It's not about jobs. It's about unions and politics, isn't it?

    June 14, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    I wasn't aware that Obama had the favor of anyone, in big business.

    June 14, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    but the National Labor Relations Board is threatening to shut it down. NLRB officials say Boeing could be in violation of labor relations laws.
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    What?
    They want the President to overlook labor law violations?

    June 14, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The whole issue underlines at least to some that Obama and his fellow Democrats are “anti-business” and “pro-union.”
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    Funny, but I smell Nikki and the Rethugs ALL OVER this spin.

    June 14, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Boeing has a problem with unions and other manufacturers do not have problems with those same unions. Does that mean that the union is af fault and not Boeing? I say let Boeing use an unskilled, inexperienced work force to assemble an aircraft already riddled with design and performance problems. It is months behind schedule. Let's see how many they can sell.

    June 14, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  8. gt

    thats pathedic.. heck south carolina may succeed again ..america is dying for jobs and thats what we get.... unbelievable....no wonder labor gets a bad name...

    June 14, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  9. stevegee

    Is America better off than we were two and half years ago? NObama.
    Vote Republican in 2012.

    June 14, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. Mason

    And it will undermine Obama support because unions are ruining big business. Businesses are already sitting on historic amounts of cash because they have no confidence in our leadership. Obama's stance of intruding into business affairs with more regulations and this disgrace in inserting itself into a where a company chooses to do business in the US is horrible. As Ross Perot said we are about to hear sucking sounds of more employerers leaving the country.

    June 14, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    As Ross Perot said we are about to hear sucking sounds of more employerers leaving the country.
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    Too late.
    Bush made it really palatable with the aid of his Rethugs for employers to take OUR jobs overseas.
    Where've you been dude?

    June 14, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Loooove our President!!
    His allegiance is to the American people NOT big business. And if they are going to get their little noses twisted over NECESSARY regulations that will protect US -the middle-class- from their predatory practices (see Recession 2008) then more power to him !
    Ask BP how he acts when they tried to screw us over during the oil spill.

    June 14, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  13. Four and The Door

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    ...They want the President to overlook labor law violations?
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    The NLRB is appointed by the President. These are his people going after Boeing for having the audacity to manufacture in South Carolina. His stance here is very much anti-business and anti-job creation. This is not an administration concerned about creating jobs. His strings are being pulled by the union bosses. It is clear as day.

    June 14, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  14. BostonianTheWoodlandsTX

    Four and The Door

    When a company like Boeing...one of America's largest exporting manufacturing companies... invests $750 million to start a new manufacturing plant, in this environemnt, the government should be encouraging that with everything they can. It's about jobs and getting the economy back up and going.

    But not the Obama Administration. It's not about jobs. It's about unions and politics, isn't it?

    June 14, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |

    ===========================

    You must not work for a large corporation.

    It's niot about being anti-business as much as it is about being pro-labor.

    Go to many of these car or manufactoring plants in the deep south and I'm sure they're quite Union-free.
    They hurt themselves by agreeing to work for the lowest wages that Boeing or in other company is willing to pay. Why conservatives are willing to go back to the late 1800's and work in sweat shops is beyond me.

    Without unions companies would be happy to pay people $8.00 an hour,the lowest benefits possible.Thats if you are lucky to get them.

    Four and Door. God bless you man. Reading your posts,you sound like a person who is blessed in life with a great job,no worries in the world,and 401k and retirement that is locked solid.

    June 14, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |