Haley speaks out in Boeing lawsuit

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COLUMBIA --- Pressure from South Carolina's congressional delegation to intervene in a national labor dispute over a Boeing assembly line has been helpful in showing the Obama administration that the state is serious about protecting its employers, Gov. Nikki Haley said Thursday.

"As governor, my job is to create jobs. What the president has done is fight me every step of the way," Haley said during a phone call with reporters. "What we're doing is showing that this doesn't just affect us on the state level, but the federal delegation will step up as well and make sure that our voices are heard loud and clear from South Carolina that this bullying has got to stop."

Haley, a Republican, spoke a day before her expected testimony before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is meeting today in North Charleston to investigate a National Labor Relations Board lawsuit.

The board sued Chicago-based Boeing Co. in April, accusing the manufacturer of breaking the law when it built a non-union 787 passenger jet assembly line in South Carolina - a right-to-work state - instead of Washington state, where most 787s are assembled by union members.

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avidreader 06/17/11 - 09:33 am
Why did these people wait

Why did these people wait until the plant was already built before bringing their frustrations to the forefront of politics? Why wasn't this issue settled prior to contracts and construction? Also, I wonder what the cost of living is in Seattle compared to Charleston. A dollar is not simply a dollar; what the buck can purchase is the key. A Charleston worker may live comfortably on forty grand per year, while a Seattle worker's sixty grand is necessary to keep up with the basic living standard. This issue is all about money, not the employees' needs. We do not need a Clarence Darrow to defend our workers anymore. If the employees are happy and Boeing is prospering, good. The more money Boeing makes, the more money for stockholders and R&D. The money is out there in the economy, stimulating economic growth. Are my views just simply too simple?

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