Tuesday, May 10, 2011
NLRB v. Boeing's New 787 Dreamliner Plant in Charleston Where is North Carolina's Governor?
After years of planning and nearly two years of construction, the Obama administration's National Labor Relations Board filed suit against Boeing's $2 billion plant 787 dream liner plant in Charleston.
The NLRB which is dominated by President Obama’s appointees is simply playing a first hand in the run up to November 2012.
But South Carolina's Republican Governor Nikki Haley as well a 19 Republican senators say the the April 20 NLRB suit, which calls for Boeing to bring the jobs planned for South Carolina back to Washington state is nothing more than a stunt to build support from the President's unhappy labor union voters.
North Carolina Democratic Governor Beverly Perdue is staying out of the fight saying its not about North Carolina. Well guess again madam Governor.
Boeing obviously brings millions to the Charleston and South Carolina economy, but the financial inflow also finds its way to Charlotte as well as other parts of the North State. ie Carolina Panthers and tourist destinations like Hendersonville, Asheville and Boone.
But it doesn't end with just a general economic impact, specifically North Carolina companies will also benefit from the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner plant, companies like Kidde Technologies (Fire Suppression) in Wilson, NC. Michelin Aircraft Tire in Norwood, NC a place hard hit by the death of the textiles industry and the manufactured housing (mobile home) slump, Curtis Wright Flight Systems in Gastonia, and BE Aerospace in Winston Salem, NC. All told there is a total of more than 220 supporting businesses and $200 million in annual expenditures at risk.
So what troubles me is that North Carolina's democratic Governor is keeping mum about the entire NLRB suit? Cedar Posts doesn't have a clue, we contacted both Chrissy Pearson, Communications Director and Ben Niolet, Director of New Media and got nothing but crickets.
So I think that North Carolina's Governor Perdue needs to make the trip to Washington along with Governor Haley. There is more on the line than just South Carolina jobs.
Boeing PR Piece illustrating Boeing's impact on North Carolina is here