South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was in Washington today to draw national attention to the National Labor Relations Board’s unjustified and unprecedented complaint against The Boeing Company for locating new production facilities in South Carolina instead of unionized Washington State.

“We’ve got to make sure that we are responding to this in a strong way,” the Republican governor said at a news conference hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “We have to do it in a loud way and the president owes it to the state of South Carolina and every state in the country on what he’s going to do in reference to what the NLRB has done against Boeing. While Boeing may be the first company, you know, I don’t think this will be the last company.”

Haley was joined by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jim DeMint (R-SC), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Rand Paul (R-KY), Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), and South Carolina’s Attorney General Alan Wilson.

SC Gov. Nikki Haley talks with NAM's Joe Trauger

Business was also well represented with leaders from the Chamber, Business Roundtable, HR Policy Association, and the National Association of Manufacturers, all cited in the joint news release issued by the Chamber, “Business Leaders, Governor, Members of Congress Express Serious Concern with NLRB Complaint Against Boeing.” (To say the least.) The NAM’s Joe Trauger, vice president for human resources policy, said:

Manufacturers are alarmed by the recent action of the NLRB and the dangerous new precedent being set. This action is effectively a ban on companies from expanding in right-to-work states if they now have production facilities in a state with union representation. Companies are deeply concerned about the impact this complaint will have on their operations and ability to create jobs. The NLRB is reversing 45 years of its own precedent and calling into question companies’ fundamental business decisions on where to expand or whom to hire.

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