Alexander Asks Labor Secretary Hilda Solis if Administration’s Action Against Boeing is “the Kind of Policy That Will Create an Environment [for] the Largest Number of Good New Jobs For Middle Income Families”

Says the Right-to-Work law being “undermined” by the administration helped bring Japanese companies and middle-class jobs to Tennessee in the 1980s

Posted on July 26, 2011

“I’m deeply concerned by the administration’s seeming undermining of Right to Work laws in a number of ways.” – Lamar Alexander  

WASHINGTON – At a hearing today of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee (video HERE), U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) told U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis that he is “deeply concerned by the administration’s seeming undermining of Right to Work laws, in a number of ways,” particularly the National Labor Relations Board’s complaint against Boeing.

“Do you think it was a wise idea for [the NLRB Acting General] Counsel to wait until our largest manufacturer, Boeing—who sells airplanes all around the world—chose to begin the first new, large airplane manufacturing plant in 40 years in South Carolina, to wait until that manufacturer had spent a billion dollars, hired a thousand plus people, and then say you can’t build the plant there or open the plant there unless you build X number of planes in Washington state and X number of planes in South Carolina? Is that the kind of policy that will create an environment in the United States where we can create the largest number of good new jobs for middle income families?”

Solis told Alexander that she had visited Sharp Corporation in Memphis, where she was “encouraged” by a company executive who said “he was ready to ramp up and wanted to do more.” The Senator told her that “Sharp is one of those Japanese companies that located in Tennessee because of the Right-to-Work law.”

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