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Senate Proceeding on Jun 9th, 2011 :: 8:06:45 to 8:18:45
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Lamar Alexander

8:06:36 to 8:06:57( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and employer of 159,000 americans will be appearing before an administrative judge in seattle to defend itself against a claim brought by the acting general koupb seflt national labor relations board -- counsel of the national labor relations board. that claim is that a corporate decision to expand production of its next generation airliner in

Lamar Alexander

8:06:45 to 8:18:45( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander

8:06:58 to 8:07:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: south carolina, a right to work state, is a violation of federal labor law. since 1947 the federal law affirmed the right of states to enact what we call right to work laws which prevent unions and employers from requiring employees to join a union as well as pay dues or fees in order to keep their jobs. in tennessee, for example,

Lamar Alexander

8:07:20 to 8:07:40( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: manufacturers such as nissan and now volkswagen and general motors have built factories and increased their production of cars made and sold in the united states in large part due to the environment created by tennessee's right to work law. the president recently went to

Lamar Alexander

8:07:41 to 8:08:02( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the midwest to say in effect that the auto bailout helped restore the american automobile industry. i would respectfully disagree. i think what has restored the american automobile industry has been the right to work laws in 22 states which have created a more competive environment in

Lamar Alexander

8:08:03 to 8:08:23( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: those 22 states and in the midwest and other states where the laws don't exist, which permits manufacturers to be able to make in the united states cars and trucks that they sell in the united states. but, unfortunately, mr. president, american companies in our 22 right to work states are under assault from a government agency that's

Lamar Alexander

8:08:24 to 8:08:45( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: driven by antibusiness, antigrowth and an antijobs agenda. this may be the most important battle over labor laws in the united states today. that's why senator graham and demint and i -- actually we have 35 senators skpoerg this bill -- cosponsoring this bill, introduced legislation to preserve the law's protection of

Lamar Alexander

8:08:46 to 8:09:09( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the right to work and prevent the nlrb from moving forward in their case against the boeing company and others. the job protection act, as we call it, will prevent the nlrb from ordering a company to relocate jobs, will guarantee employer rights to decide where to do business, and protect employer-free speech associated

Lamar Alexander

8:09:10 to 8:09:31( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: with the costs and benefits of a unionized workforce. the company that will be tried on tuesday is boeing, a solid, upstanding american success story. over the last century boeing has built the passenger planes that allow americans to travel the world, has built the warplanes and weaponry that enable our soldiers, sailors, marines and

Lamar Alexander

8:09:32 to 8:09:53( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: airmen to defend freedom, has built the spacecrafts that send our astronauts into orbit and to the moon, has built satellites that deliver communications around the globe. boeing's newest commercial passenger airliner is the 787 dream liner. it's a shining example of american innovation and american entrepreneurship.

Lamar Alexander

8:09:54 to 8:10:16( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: it's been designed with the paramount focus on efficiency and peformance to allow a mid-sized aircraft to travel as far as a jumbo jet while using 20% less fuel and producing 20% less emissions than today's similarly sized aircraft. and traveling at roughly the

Lamar Alexander

8:10:17 to 8:10:37( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: same speeds as the 747 or 777. there's also been a tremendous commercial success despite these difficult economic times. since 2004, 56 customers spanning six continents have placed orders for 835 dreamliners valued at $162 billion. president obama has recognized

Lamar Alexander

8:10:38 to 8:10:58( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: the leadership of this company. he's named the chief executive officer of the company, mr. mcinerny, as chairman of the nation's export koupb seufplt and more reece -- export counsel. and more recently mr. bryson has been nominated to be the nation's commerce secretary. the boeing success prompted the

Lamar Alexander

8:10:59 to 8:11:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: company to decide in 2009, two years ago, to establish a second assembly line for the airliner in south carolina. this is in addition to its current assembly line in washington state. south carolina is a right-to-work state. washington state is not.

Lamar Alexander

8:11:20 to 8:11:42( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: on tuesday, next tuesday, the nlrb acting general counsel will ask an administrative judge in seattle to stop boeing from expanding its production in south carolina, arguing that the decision was made in retaliation for past strikes by union employees in washington. that claim ignores these facts.

Lamar Alexander

8:11:43 to 8:12:03( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: no union jobs are being lost here. nobody is being demoted. no personnel are being moved. no benefits, salaries or work hours are being cut back as a result of this expansion. it ignores the fact that boeing's decision was announced, as i said, nearly two years ago. that means that down in south

Lamar Alexander

8:12:04 to 8:12:26( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: carolina, there have been 9,000 instruction jobs -- construction jobs. they hired 1,000 new workers to work at this plant and the plant is supposed to open next month, in july. at the same time boeing is actually added 2,000 new jobs in washington state since its announced expansion in south carolina.

Lamar Alexander

8:12:27 to 8:12:48( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: that's 2,000 new union jobs in washington state. south carolina, of course, is a right-to-work state where employees may choose to join the union or not join the union. suspending its expansion to south carolina will result in billions of dollars of lost economic development in jobs to that state.

Lamar Alexander

8:12:49 to 8:13:12( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: but the nlrb's acting general counsel does not seem to care about these facts or the impact of this case on those jobs. recently several of boeing's employees in south carolina whose jobs are hanging in the balance asked to intervene in the case. the act be general counsel opposed that stating that -- quote -- "these boeing employees

Lamar Alexander

8:13:13 to 8:13:33( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: in south scar have no cognizable interest in participating in the proceeding sufficient to justify their intervention." mr. president, it's hard to imagine anyone with a more direct interest than the boeing workers in south carolina, but facts like these don't seem to matter when you have an agenda.

Lamar Alexander

8:13:34 to 8:13:54( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: but this case is about more than airplanes, more than boeing and more than south carolina. this is about the future of our economy and our competiveness as a nation. it's just the latest attempt by this administration to chip away at right-to-work laws, to change the rules and give unions more

Lamar Alexander

8:13:55 to 8:14:15( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: leverage over employers and have political influence in washington determine the means of production for private industry in the united states. if the acting general counsel's request is affirmed following next week's hearing, it will be prima facie illegal for a

Lamar Alexander

8:14:16 to 8:14:36( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: country that has faced repeated strikes to move production to a state with a right to work law. the chief executive of boeing, mr. president, has pointed out that this will not only hurt the 22 right-to-work states, it's also not good for the states that do not have a right to work law. those nonright-to-work states will suffer because a company

Lamar Alexander

8:14:37 to 8:14:58( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: that operates in their state that is unionized will effectively be prevented from growing or expanding to a right-to-work state, therefore, hindering the ability of any state to attract new manufacturers and create new jobs. so instead of making it easier and cheaper to create jobs in the united states of america,

Lamar Alexander

8:14:59 to 8:15:19( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: manufacturers will be further incentivized to expand or open new facilities in mexico, in china, or india to meet their growing needs. boeing and its 787 dreamliner are shining examples of what is right in america and what is necessary to rebuild and grow

Lamar Alexander

8:15:20 to 8:15:40( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: our country's economy. the new production plant in south carolina is the first new assembly line for large airplanes in 40 years in our country. we need to rember that boeing sells airplanes everywhere in the world and that it can make airplanes anywhere in the world. we would like for boeing and

Lamar Alexander

8:15:41 to 8:16:03( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: other manufacturers to make in the united states what they sell in the united states so the jobs can be in this country instead of overseas. as this administration's commerce secretary, gary locke, correctly observed -- quote -- "manufacturing is essential to america's economic competitiveness.

Lamar Alexander

8:16:04 to 8:16:24( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: it's a vital source of good, middle-class jobs. it's a key driver of innovation, "said mr. locke. with 9.1% unemployment with a soft economy, government and washington need to allow manufacturers such as boeing to prosper, innovate and create jobs. we need to make it easier and

Lamar Alexander

8:16:25 to 8:16:46( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: cheaper for those manufacturers to make in the united states what they sell in the united states. expanding new production lines in south carolina was a business decision made by boeing's executives and board members on behalf of its shareholders who believed it was in the country's best interests. as i mentioned, those board

Lamar Alexander

8:16:47 to 8:17:07( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: members, those chief executives of that company are well respected, including by the president of the united states who has invited them to be a part of his administration. but under this administration, the nlrb seems only to be concerned about the interests and agenda of organized labor, an agenda that has been soundly

Lamar Alexander

8:17:08 to 8:17:28( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: rejected by the vast majority of private sector workers in both right-to-work states and nonright-to-work states across the country in recent years. so, mr. president, all eyes will be on seattle next tuesday when one of our nation's greatest assets and contributors to our economic future will be put on trial for investing, creating

Lamar Alexander

8:17:29 to 8:17:49( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: and innovating in our country at a time where we're in the middle of an economic recession. this will be a true test of whether manufacturers are able to make in the united states what they sell in the united states or whether they will be encouraged to make overseas what they sell in the united states and put those jobs there instead

Lamar Alexander

8:17:50 to 8:18:11( Edit History Discussion )

Lamar Alexander: of here. it will be a true test of whether the administration's export policy is exporting airplanes or exporting jobs. mr. president, i yield the floor. and i notice the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the

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