David Young chaired the North Carolina Democratic Party from 2007 to 2009. He’s not a fan of what the Obama NLRB is doing in South Carolina.
As the former chairman of the N.C. Democratic Party, I am not only disinclined to criticize organized labor, but am rather sympathetic to their cause. The bigger question at play, however, is not why one side of this argument pressed hard for job protection, but why the NLRB chose to deny another area’s competitive advantage?
The unemployment rate in South Carolina is 10.9 percent, the third highest in the United States. Unemployment in North Carolina is 10.1 percent. Washington State’s rate is 9.3 percent. In light of these statistics, the NLRB should not be denying job creation investment in any location, save for egregious violations of worker rights. This case does not qualify.
So what can be done to reverse this action? This week, Congress will consider HR 2587, the Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act. This legislation states simply that its goal is to “prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment…” North Carolina’s congressional delegation (including our seven Democratic Congressmen and Sen. Kay Hagan) and President Obama should support HR 2587.
For North Carolinians, this is not a partisan issue. In fact, it is not even an ideological issue. It is an issue of fairness and equality. We, too, are struggling to recover from this recession. We are also, like South Carolina, a right-to-work state. Our state government is actively recruiting businesses and job creators from around the nation and world. We should ask ourselves: If the NLRB can prevent a business from expanding in South Carolina, could it do so in North Carolina?
Exactly right. That actually may be the point of the NLRB action: To weaken or even wreck state level right-to-work laws. Read the whole thing.
NY-9 cracked what was left of Obama’s strength. Democrats have become more and more vocal in opposing various parts of the Obama administration’s agenda. In addition to David Young stepping out against the NLRB, above, Sen. Jim Webb (VA) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (LA) have come out strongly criticizing the president’s Save Obama Bill. And Sen. Harry Reid is taking his sweet time even dealing with that bill in the Senate because the votes may not be there to pass it. Reid is blaming that on the Republicans, of course, but he needs every Democratic vote and doesn’t have them.