Boeing vs. Washington State
Today Boeing, once the foundation stone of Washington's state economy, now gone as far as manufacturing(and jobs en masse with it), has to answer a complaint by the National Labor Relations Board that they moved their plant from here to North Charleston, South Carolina(coincidentally, the state where I was born and raised, and I'm from Charleston) to get back at the union.
Of course Boeing did this to get back at the union. Besides that moving to SC is the next best thing to moving to China as far as labor conditions and pay are concerned, given workers have no rights in my former state
& have been convinced to want any is socialist. But also? SC, whose budget is causing schools to be cut
(schools in poor areas, of course), is BRIBING BOEING with corporate welfare in the millions
According to an analysis by The (Charleston) Post & Courier, Boeing is being given a package of incentives worth more than $900 million - at least $150 million more than Boeing has said it would spend to build the plant - this while education and other important programs are being cut, undermining the state's ability to compete over the long haul.
That essentially means South Carolina taxpayers are building the plant and giving Boeing maybe a couple hundred million dollars on top of it. Question for all those who claim to love the free market: If Boeing is such a great deal, why aren't market forces enough to help the company make a profit without the public's help? And if it isn't such a great deal why should the public be on the hook if the rosy predictions about annual economic impact are never realized?
Graham and DeMint might call Boeing a private enterprise. I call it a glaring example of corporate welfare. That doesn't seem to bother the senators much, because while they oppose welfare in the form of $250 or $500 monthly checks to poor, single-mothers, they are happy on the national level to dole out millions to billion-dollar corporations while watching their state-level brethren do the same.
You want to understand why workers in this country are having their teeth kicked on such a regular basis, just look at the greed of corporations. Consider that any increases in revenue will not go to worker pay but to CEO salaries. Why do I say this will happen? When does it not? The South is and has been, already, the Third World for all intents and purposes, while in Washington that's very much not the case(well, where there ARE any jobs to speak of, but again, partly Boeing's fault). Corporations want the rest of the country to be like that.
THEN they'll start bringing jobs back to this country.
You say the South is part of this country? You could've fooled me growing up there. Moving to Chicago in 1987 was like immigrating. And when I started working there, the concept of workers having rights nearly scared me, it was so alien. It's a place workers have no rights to speak of, except the right to show up.
And that's why the grinding of the last few years, to lower our expectations, to make us hungry, to make us willing to give up every labor rights advance of the 20th century. To erase it. The South is a place this was accomplished long ago, and it's the template. Next is Wisconsin and more. That's what they're working toward.
Considering you won't get the weather along with
the miserable labor conditions, ya want that? I lived for 18 years in South Carolina. Listen: No. You do not want that.
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