Today, your Tennessee congresspeople voted to symbolically strip even more power from an already waning institution, the National Labor Relations Board, to protect American corporations from the creeping socialism posed by "workers" dressed in commie's clothing.
With the exception of progressive-minded underminer of freedom Steve Cohen (D-Memphis), Tennessee's remaining eight representatives cast their lots in with the Republican-created and acronym adverse “Protecting Jobs from Government Interference Act,” which passed the House today 238-186.
The bill effectively permits corporations to move operations out of a unionized facility in retaliation for collective bargaining measures, to punish those who would actually demand things from an employer (the nerve!), like living wages, adequate health care and other pinko nonsense.
Conservatives introduced the law after the NLRB merely enforced existing labor law when Boeing — the recent darling of yet another billion dollar government contract — allegedly moved a 787 plant in Washington state to Real America-friendly South Carolina.
Boeing opened a 787 assembly line in "right-to-work" South Carolina, after repeatedly having to grant concessions to union workers in Washington State. Opening an assembly line is not illegal, of course, but doing so in retaliation for union activities or for the purpose of threatening a union is. The key to the NLRB action is that Boeing executives said they were opening the South Carolina plant because of union activities.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers complaint states that a Boeing executive, on a quarterly earnings call with reporters and analysts stated Boeing was "diversifying Boeing's labor pool" to South Carolina due to "strikes happening every three to four years." The complaint cites several other instances of Boeing officials stating the reason for opening the South Carolina assembly line was because of union activities, as well as threatening the union with losing work in Washington state because of union activities.
The actions by Boeing as stated in the complaint are illegal. You might not even believe they are illegal because it has been so long since these laws were enforced. But American law actually protects workers from coercion by big corporations.
Nashville Rep. Jim Cooper, who voted for the bill, couched his support for it in terms of job creation. "We need more jobs, not fewer," Cooper said. "I voted to support more jobs, and more jobs in our region of the country."
Local labor leaders were not available for comment, because they're un-American.
Although the bill isn't expected to go anywhere in the Senate, you can thank 88 percent of your Tennessee representatives for supporting liberty 110 percent.