Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after House passage of the Protecting American Jobs from Government Interference Act (H.R. 2587) earlier today:
"At a time when the federal government should be doing all it can to encourage private-sector job creation, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) seems determined to put more Americans in the unemployment line. This bill would stop the NLRB from deciding in which states a company can operate and create jobs. Arkansas tried to land the Boeing plant, and had we succeeded, Arkansas workers could have been the target of the NLRB. I am proud to vote for this bill on behalf of Arkansas's workers and job creators."
In August, Rep. Griffin wrote an op-ed that was published in Arkansas Business on the impact the NLRB's actions could have on Arkansas. It can be accessed here.
In 1944, Arkansas became a "right-to-work" state, where employees cannot be forced to join a union, in order to attract new businesses and to encourage economic development. This provides Arkansas with a competitive advantage over non right-to-work states and has attracted major employers like Caterpillar, Inc. to the state.
On April 20, 2011, the NLRB filed a complaint against the Boeing Corp. for its decision to expand aircraft manufacturing operations into South Carolina, another right-to-work state. Unions allege that Boeing's decision was in retaliation for their past strikes, and the NLRB complaint asks a judge to stop the South Carolina production, putting hundreds of jobs at risk. It should be noted that Boeing has hired an additional 2,000 workers at the Washington plant.
H.R. 2587 would prohibit the NLRB from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance by amending the National Labor Relations Act to deny the NLRB any power to: (1) order an employer to restore or reinstate any work, product, production line, or equipment; (2) rescind any relocation, transfer, subcontracting, outsourcing, or other change regarding the location, entity, or employer who shall be engaged in production or other business operations; or (3) require any employer to make an initial or additional investment at a particular plant, facility, or location.