Chicago Union Lawyer Reaches Out to the South With Brotherly Love, Bigotry, But Mostly Bigotry

Which is sure to make us southern folk a lot more friendly where damnyankees are concerned (h/t Q and O):

Conservatives are in an uproar that the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board has filed an unfair labor charge against Boeing. It seems the president of Boeing was unwise enough to blurt out that his company would move a production line to South Carolina as payback for past strikes by machinists in Seattle. It’s a dead bang violation of the National Labor Relations Act, even if it comes as a surprise to Republicans and many other Americans.

Section 7 of the Wagner Act, passed in 1935, states that all workers can engage in concerted activities without reprisal. The president of Boeing said, in effect: You exercise those rights and we’re moving. Companies have long done such things, of course, but CEOs aren’t usually so gaffe-prone as to say so.

If shutting your business down because your workers can’t be bothered to show up for work is an “illegal reprisal”, then we’ve got quite the interesting situation here. Presumably, firing a worker who never shows up would be illegal too, then. Or, in other words, any business owner is obliged by law to pay their workers and keep them on payroll indefinitely no matter what they do or, more appropriately, DON’T do.

Why is Boeing, one of our few real global champions in beefing up exports, moving work on the Dreamliner from a high-skill work force ($28 an hour on average) to a much lower-wage work force ($14 an hour starting wage)? Nothing could be a bigger threat to the economic security of this country.

So your “skill level” is entirely determined by how much you haul in per hour? That’s funny. We know of an example of unionized, of course, bolt-tighteners who made $65/hour tightening bolts. Are we to deduct from this that they’re three times as skilled as, say, a medical technologist with a degree who only gets $21/hour? We guess that this means that drug dealers are among the most skilled individuals to ever walk the planet. Good luck having one of them perform a quadruple bypass on you.

We should be aghast that Boeing is sending a big fat market signal that it wants a less-skilled, lower-quality work force.

Read: “That Boeing is willing to let those damn southern hillbilly, inbred primitives build airplanes.”

This country is in a debt crisis because we buy abroad much more than we sell. Alas, because of this trade deficit, foreign creditors have the country in their clutches. That’s not because of our labor costs—in that respect, we can undersell most of our high-wage, unionized rivals like Germany. It’s because we have too many poorly educated and low-skilled workers that are simply unable to compete.

Our businesses’ ability to compete has nothing whatsoever to do with the cost of our businesses for doing business? The fact that the U.S. automobile industry, for example, once the envy of the world to the point where an engine made in the U.S. of A. was the gold standard for any budding car manufacturer abroad, the bar which they had to clear to even hope to sell a car, has declined to the point where we can’t even sell our own cars in our own country without the government stepping in with bailouts and taxpayer-funded “incentives”?

The reason that Americans, particularly here in the DemCong/Union/Ogabe Depression, tend to go for Japanese and Korean cars is solely because consumers like to pay for poor quality since, after all, those workers are paid less and therefore are little more than trained, slit-eyed wrench monkeys?

Really?

We depend on Boeing to out-compete Airbus, its European rival. But when major firms move South, it is usually a harbinger of quality decline. Over and over as a labor lawyer in the 1980s and ’90s, I saw companies move away from Chicago, where the pay was $28 an hour, to some place in South Carolina or Louisiana where the pay was about half that. While these moves aggrieved me as a union lawyer, it might have consoled me as an American if those companies went on to thrive globally.

But too often, alas, it was the beginning of the end, as it was for Outboard Marine Corporation, where I once represented workers. In the 1990s the company went from the high wage union North to the low wage South and was bankrupt by 2000.

Which, of course, was solely because they were paying only half the labor costs because they hired those sloped-forehead, NASCAR-loving, knuckle-dragging primitives in the south. It couldn’t have anything to do with anything else.

You know, there are times when you damnyankee liberal parasites really, really need to ask yourselves your favorite question: “Why do they hate us?”

There are reasons workers in the North get $28 an hour while down in the South they get $14 or even $10. Adam Smith could explain it: “productivity,” “skill level,” “quality.”

Because heaven knows that anything produced in the south falls apart if you look at it funny, which is why people keep buying it. The bloody masochists.

Here is yet another American firm seeking to ruin its reputation for quality. Why? To save $14 an hour! Seriously: Is that going to help sell the Dreamliner? In terms of the finished product, the labor cost is minuscule: $14 in hourly wage, at most. It’s incredible that conservatives claim such small differences in labor cost would be life or death to Boeing.

That’s hardly your decision to make, now is it?

It’s not labor cost but labor skill that is life or death to the survival of Boeing, never mind pilots and passengers.

So you’re positing that Boeing is trying to commit financial suicide by deliberately making the value of their product less?

We can clearly see that you’ve not only read Adam Smith, you understand him better than he understood himself.

If the history of runaway shops proves anything, it’s that many go “South” in more than one sense of the word. If that sounds unfair to the South, it is union busting that has inflicted the real unfairness in the region: income inequality and inferior schools.

“Dumb, poor trailer trash.”

Keep flattering us, you pasty northern pile of rat droppings. You’re really beginning to win us over here.

At this moment especially, deep in debt, we cannot afford to let another company like Boeing self-destruct.

Which is why you want to force them to stay where the unions can destroy them instead.

Again: Are you, a barely literate bipedal life form, suggesting that Boeing is trying to move their operations elsewhere because they’ve got some Corporate Death Wish™ and are you, on top of that, suggesting that we have to stop them for their own good?

Or are you just the natural result of siblings fucking each other because it’s easier than dating people you don’t know?

Boeing is not a product of the free market—it’s an extension of the U.S. government.

“I am Germany, and Germany is me!”

Over the years, our taxpayers have paid to create a Boeing work force with exceptionally high skills. That work force is not just an asset for Boeing—it’s an asset for the country. Why should the country let Boeing take it apart? Every American should be rooting for the NLRB’s general counsel, as the board itself has not yet found a violation.

Seriously. All of that oral flatulence really does sound a whole lot better in the original German.

Most depressing of all, Boeing’s move would send a market signal to those considering a career in engineering or high-skilled manufacturing. It is a message that corporate America has delivered over and over: Don’t go to engineering school, don’t bother with fancy apprenticeships, don’t invest in skills. No rational person wants to take on college or even community college debt to come out and work on the Dreamliner—which should be the country’s finest product—for a miserable $14 an hour.

Much better to be unemployed at a rate of $0/hour.

If a single story in the news can sum up the reasons for America’s global decline, it’s the decision to build a Dreamliner that will gut the American dream.

The American dream being, apparently, eternal unemployment, declining businesses and a permanent dependence on the Socialist Thousand Year Reich.

Thanks, but we’ll pass.

Piece of friendly advice, Mr. Geoghegan: Stay north of the Mason-Dixon line. Our hospitality down here is legendary and we take great pride in it, but we do have exceptions when it comes to visitors shitting on the floor and spitting in our faces.

Thatisall.

26 comments

  1. 1
    Elephant Man growls and barks:

    It seems the president of Boeing was unwise enough to blurt out that his company would move a production line to South Carolina as payback for past strikes by machinists in Seattle.

    Funny.

    If the president of Boeing was “unwise enough to blurt out” such a thing, you would think that the exact quote would be blaring all over the MSM.

    All I could find were vague allegations and speculation by the NLRB, labor unions and some democrats.

    It seems that this Chicago union lawyer is full of shit.

  2. 2

    He’s so fulla shit his eyes are brown. :em07:

  3. 3
    NR Pax growls and barks:

    No rational person wants to take on college or even community college debt to come out and work on the Dreamliner—which should be the country’s finest product—for a miserable $14 an hour.

    Really, sir? When I graduated from college, I would have slaughtered a room full of orphans and their puppies to make that much money.

  4. 4
    jdog43 growls and barks:

    So its okay to move production to China or Bangladesh but not to South Carolina? WTF? Over. :em01:

  5. 5
    LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E. growls and barks:

    So if Boeing cannot quit the sate and go elsewhere, does that not also mean that individual workrs are also enjoined against quitting and going elsewhere. A worker is tied to his job for life? And possibly required to be hired for that job because of hereditary family connection?
    Welcome to the future world of technological neo-serfdom.

  6. 6
    LC SmokeyBehr growls and barks:

    I say we take off and nuke Shitcago from orbit, just to be sure.

    When I thought that the corruption in Chicago and Illinois couldn’t get any worse, and the ignorance any deeper, another mental midget pops up and flaps his gums together, spewing forth a line of bullshit that is so strong that it needs to be put into a nuke waste transport cask in order to save society from its intelligence sapping stink.

  7. 7
    Samsapeel1 growls and barks:

    Union = Communist.

    Sorry to those who are, or were, union members; but that’s just the way I see it.

  8. 8
    LC Draco growls and barks:

    Unions had their time and place…both have long since passed!!!

    This ‘lawyer’ is pissed about sour grapes!!

  9. 9
    dasbow growls and barks:

    This country is in a debt crisis because we buy abroad much more than we sell. Alas, because of this trade deficit, foreign creditors have the country in their clutches

    No, asshat. The reason we’re in a debt crisis is because the Government spends TOO DAMN MUCH!

  10. 10
    LC Jackboot IC/A growls and barks:

    It has never ceased to amaze me the twisted, inside-out, upside-down contortions socialists cum-stains like this use to make their ‘reasoned’ points.

    It takes a special kind of idiocy to advocate this turd’s premise.

  11. 11
    LC Gunsniper growls and barks:

    The only thing Boeing’s union goons are highly skilled at is demanding more more money and benefits for less work.

    Shitcan the lot of them.

  12. 12
    KArnold growls and barks:

    The Deep South seems to be doing a better job of surviving this economy (and I use the word very, very loosely) and most of the rest of the Union, and about half the jobs being created in America seem to be in Texas – but this Chicago hack lawyer is blind to these facts and somehow points to my beloved South as a raging pool of ignorance and shoddy craftsmanship. Bless his heart.

    Three years ago, another damnyankee jackass named Michael Lind penned a similar piece for Slate – and that piece was mentioned right here on this blog. Clearly, the committed Left is bound and determined to continue the War of Northern Aggression. What I proposed back then still holds.

  13. 13
    Cannon Fodder growls and barks:

    Section 7 of the Wagner Act, passed in 1935, states that all workers can engage in concerted activities without reprisal.

    What I read a couple weeks ago said that the NLRB was telling Boeing no because their moving was reprisal against the union, not the workers. That being said, the move is not illegal under that section.

    Nothing could be a bigger threat to the economic security of this country.

    I can’t imagine that the economic security of this country hinges on one single corporation.

    We should be aghast that Boeing is sending a big fat market signal that it wants a less-skilled, lower-quality a less expensive non-union work force.

    Fixed it for ya!

    Here is yet another American firm seeking to ruin its reputation for quality. Why? To save $14 an hour!

    Only $14/hour?!?! Holy fucking shit! I’m glad to know this “lawyer” has so fucking much money that $14/hr. per employee is a drop in the bucket! Maybe he can pay them that extra $14/hr per employee to keep Boeing in Seattle?

    I would kill right now for a job making $14/hr. I’m sure there are a lot of very capable South Carolinians that would also.

    Boeing is not a product of the free market—it’s an extension of the U.S. government.

    This I am sure would come as a surprise to a lot of stockholders, don’t cha’ know?

    Over the years, our taxpayers have paid to create a Boeing work force with exceptionally high skills.

    In what way did taxpayers pay to educate employees of a publicly held corporation?

    Most depressing of all, Boeing’s move would send a market signal to those considering a career in engineering or high-skilled manufacturing.

    That signal being, “We despise unions and the high costs associated with their bloated useless asses.

    This guy is a moron or a liberal …… or both but i repeat myself multiple times. :em05:

  14. 14
    Southern Libertarian growls and barks:

    LC cmblake6, Imperial Black Ops Technician

    He’s so fulla shit his eyes are brown.

    I have brown eyes. Are you sayin I’m fulla shit too? :em07:

  15. 15
    0007 growls and barks:

    Just more chitown babbling from another chitown socialist-shylock-shyster. He was probably hoping to follow the slime trail of that other disbarred shylock to the white house.

  16. 16
    Library Czar growls and barks:

    I read last week they were not moving an existing line but opening a NEW line for production and keeping the current one open.

  17. 17
    Samsapeel1 growls and barks:

    Dasbow,
    Good catch, I don’t think I bothered to read that far. How on God’s green earth does a trade deficit cause unprecedented, massive GOVERNMENT debt?!?! Leftists = oil; Economics = water.

    Amazingly, what this assclown says could actually make some sense if America were a communism or fascism where government and economy are one and the same.

    He talks about foreign creditors (to GOVERNMENT debt) as if they were creditors of Boeing or private industry generally. He actually cannot distinguish government debt from privately held debt. Which only makes me repeat: Unions = Communists.

  18. 18
    LC Trooper THX1138, Imperial Gadget Geek growls and barks:

    Hell, $14/hr would be the highest paying job of my career so far, if I had it. That includes when I got bumped to Supervisor @ wally-world.

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    Cricket growls and barks:

    ‘high-skilled manufacturing?’ A KIA factory just opened near Atlanta, and there are non-union employees working there for a measly $14 bucks an hour after taxes and benefits. No unions. I has to ax the question here; When the Chicago Lawyer says that the workers are highly skilled at $28 an hour, vice $14 an hour, is he talking about a salary negotiated by a union lawyer at the bargaining table? It can only keep the cost down, which means those who want to buy the Dreamliner can afford MORE of them, or at least keep the cost of a ticket down because of it. This means more people can travel on business, or pleasure, which in turns, boosts the economies of the places traveled to. When did OJT leave the work force? Or vocational certs? As a recent college grad, with student loans to pay off (and don’t send the DOE after me), I would love to have a job making $14 an hour.

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    Cricket growls and barks:

    One other thing: How does NOT having a union contribute to bad schools? I ax because Chicago, that bastion of unionism, has problems with their schools. Read the abstract when you click on the link. Note the phrase about the city government.

    http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/search/detailmini.jsp?_nfpb=true&_&ERICExtSearch_SearchValue_0=ED376255&ERICExtSearch_SearchType_0=no&accno=ED376255

    Rahm Emanuel is a fiscal conservative: http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/11574/has_rahm_emanuel_declared_war_on_chicago_unions/

    http://www.good.is/post/rahm-emanuel-releases-reform-agenda-for-chicago-public-schools/

    Seems the Chicago Teachers’ Union is in agreement.

  21. 21
    irish19 growls and barks:

    I think Library Czar has it right. By all accounts, Boeing is expanding production in WA, and is building a new facility in SC to handle Dreamliner production. At least it was until the NLRB stuck its paw in.

  22. 22
    LC Light29ID growls and barks:

    And yet Goldman-Sachs, the company that took billions from taxpayers because they were “to big to fail” (incidentally giving the Kenyon Klingon Fucker oodles of campaign cash) is firing, yes firing 1500 workers in New York and then hiring another 1500 workers to replace them in…drum roll please…SINGAPORE!.

    Damn crickets.

    The American people have been so dumbed down by an education system that is great at indoctrination but can’t teach them to clap their hands and count to five. They can’t name name the Bill of Rights, let alone even understand them but they sure as fuck know who the finalists are on “American Idol.”

    The hole we’re digging for ourselves as a nation does have one silver lining….it’s going to be able to hold a lot of bodies.

  23. 23
    Lady H growls and barks:

    Feels a lot safer here in Dixie than it does in the Windy City these days. (Perhaps for a long time.)

    Darn us our guns, respect for God and Country, and good manners!

    :em07:

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    LC Ogrrre growls and barks:

    We should be aghast that Boeing is sending a big fat market signal that it wants a less-skilled, lower-quality work force.

    Lower quality work force? It was just a few years ago that Smith and Wesson had to tell it’s highly skilled, high quality Union work force to get it’s shit together and improve their quality of work or they’d move their company to the South.
    Also, in 1996 or 1997, the UAW went on strike at McDonnell-Douglas in St. Louis. MD hired temporary workers through STS Corporation. Within 6 weeks of the start of the strike, the temps, with half of the number of workers were puting out 85% of the pre-strike production with higher quality. MD basically told the Union to f*** off, they weren’t welcome back unless the Union made some bigtime concessions. The Union caved.
    So, Mr. Unionthug Lawyer, being non-union does not mean ignorant or unskilled or without quality any more than being Union means educated and skilled. :em07:

  25. 25

    Depends on the shade, SL. I’m from Dixie, born and raised. :em07: You know what I meant.
    And these new emoticons are much more fun! And this edit function is brilliant!

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    lc purple raider growls and barks:

    Lady H growls and barks:
    Feels a lot safer here in Dixie than it does in the Windy City these days. (Perhaps for a long time.)

    Especially the last 3 years, apparently a certain segment of our society thinks they can get away with just about anything in Chicago.

    I can’t wait till I get away.