by Keith Laing, The Hill Newspaper
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) touted a “victory” over the National Labor Relations Board in her address Tuesday to the Republican National Convention.
Haley was referring to the NLRB’s lawsuit against airplane manufacturer Boeing, which had sought to open a plant in Haley’s state.
Haley said the lawsuit, which was dropped by the NLRB earlier this year, was an example of government overreach under President Obama.
“Boeing started a new line for their 787 Dreamliner, creating 1,000 new jobs in South Carolina, giving our state a shot in the arm when we truly needed it,” Haley said of the decision that launched the months-long NLRB lawsuit.
“At the same time, they expanded their job numbers in Washington state by 2,000,” Haley continued, according to prepared remarks released by the Republican National Committee. “Not a single person was hurt by their decision. Not one. And what did President Obama and his National Labor Relations Board do? They sued this iconic American company. It was shameful. And not worthy of the promise of America.”
Haley touted that the lawsuit over the Boeing plant in Charleston, S.C., was eventually dropped, saying the decision by the NLRB to allow the plant was cheered by “non-union” employees at the plant.
“We did one of the things we do best in South Carolina — we got loud,” Haley said according to her prepared text. “And guess what, we won.”
Haley said she “sat on the tarmac at the Boeing facility in North Charleston and watched as a brand new, mac daddy plane rolled onto the runway sporting a ‘Made With Pride In South Carolina’ decal and surrounded by 6,000 nonunion employees, cheering, smiling and so proud of what they had built.
“We deserve a president who won’t sacrifice American jobs and American workers to pacify the bullying union bosses he counts as political allies,” she said of Obama.
The NLRB dropped its lawsuit against Boeing when the company reached a deal with the International Association of Machinists union to build a different type of airliner, the 737 Max, in its native Washington state.
Critics, mostly in the Republican Party, said the deal smacked of favoritism to unions.
South Carolina Democrats sharply criticized Haley’s RNC speech, although they did not mention her remarks about the Boeing lawsuit.
Instead, South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian said, Haley should have foregone addressing the GOP convention because of concerns related to Hurricane Issac.
“South Carolina is suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Isaac as the streets of Charleston fill with water,” Harpootlian said in a statement. “The Governor of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama are all in their states making sure their citizens property and lives are safe and secure. Nikki Haley once again proved that politics, not the people of her state, are most important.”