U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), chairman of the Senate Steering Committee, released the following statement in opposition to the National Labor Relations Board complaint against the Boeing Company. The complaint was made based upon charges made by a labor union, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), against Boeing's 2009 decision to expand production facilities to South Carolina, a right-to-work state, instead of Washington, a forced-unionism state.
"This is nothing more than a political favor for the unions who are supporting President Obama's re-election campaign. Unfortunately, it comes at the expense of hundreds of jobs in South Carolina and thousands of jobs nationwide. There is no doubt that if the National Labor Relations Board's claim against Boeing moves forward, it will have a chilling effect on job growth in my state and in right-to-work states across the country. Using the federal government as political weapon to protect union bosses at the expense of American jobs cannot be tolerated. I intend to use every tool at my disposal as a United States Senator to stop the President from carrying out this malicious act."