Romney to Tour Boeing Plant in SC, Deliver Labor Policy Speech

Workers add infrastructure to piece of fuselage at a Boeing-operated plant in N. Charleston, South Carolina (June 10, 2022). Mitt Romney will will be in SC on Monday, Sept 12, 2011, to tour Boeing. After the tour, he will deliver a labor policy speech. (photo Brad Nettles/AP)

Looking ahead…

Before taking his place onstage at the next presidential debate (Monday, Sept 12th in Tampa, FL), Mitt Romney will first pay a visit that same day to the beautiful state of South Carolina to tour Boeing. Boeing is being sued by the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) for building a plant in SC in what they view as retaliation for union strikes against the Boeing plant in Washington state.

While there, Governor Romney will also deliver a policy speech on unions which will include a proposed executive order giving workers a secret ballot option and opt-out from membership in a union. He spoke of this executive order earlier in the week at Senator Jim DeMint’s Palmetto Freedom Forum in Columbia, SC. To listen to Romney’s comments on unions, including right-to-work legislation, click here (2nd video @7:49).

COLUMBIA — White House hopeful Mitt Romney will wade into the union fight over the Boeing Company’s decision to locate in right-to-work South Carolina when he delivers a policy speech on labor after he tours the North Charleston plant Monday.

Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, will tour the facility in advance of the presidential debate in Tampa, Fla., later that day. Romney said at a GOP presidential forum in Columbia on Labor Day that union is not a bad word in itself, but the powerful labor organizations need to be kept in check.

The lawsuit that the National Labor Relations Board brought against Boeing for locating in South Carolina, considered an anti-union state by some, is the best example of why Romney wants to reverse the labor policies put forward by President Barack Obama, according to Romney’s campaign.

Gov. Nikki Haley said she welcomes Romney’s visit and his ideas. Haley, also a Republican, has been adamant in her fight against the labor board for its complaint against Boeing.

We appreciate not just the talk but the action Governor Romney has taken to understand and highlight the challenges NLRB has brought upon Boeing,” Haley said in a statement Friday. “It is a strong sign to the people of our state that he is focused on our jobs.”

(emphasis added)

Highlights from Romney’s labor policy speech:

• Romney’s labor policy will focus on free enterprise, free choice and free speech.
• Labor laws must be carried out even-handedly to provide businesses with the certainty they need to grow and thrive.
• The law must be clear: Any company is free to invest anywhere it wants.
• Workers have a right to vote on whether to unionize by secret ballot. That is a position that South Carolinians overwhelmingly support. In November, 86 percent of state voters approved a constitutional amendment that requires union elections to be conducted by secret ballot.
• Romney opposes so-called snap elections, or ambush elections, for votes on whether a company should unionize. He wants to build in protections that will ensure employers have time to protect their legal rights and talk to workers about the downsides of unions.
• Unions should raise cash for political contributions the same way any other business or supporter would, by asking for donations, not using paycheck dues to fund donations.

Governor Romney endorsed Haley when she sought South Carolina’s gubernatorial seat last fall.

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AZ Gov Jan Brewer Not Pleased with White House Border Security Meeting

For anyone holding their breath that five members of Team Obama would actually propose something for lasting Arizona border order when they met with Governor Jan Brewer in Phoenix yesterday, you may exhale now.


Governor Brewer’s word for the sound escaping one’s lips would be ‘disappointment’. Mine feels more like disgust.

After an hour and a half of sitting through White House Security Adviser John Brennan’s power point presentation – with no hard copies to follow or keep for reference, Governor Brewer was clearly frustrated with Obama’s underwhelming response to secure Arizona’s border:

Regarding the impending Obama Administration lawsuit…

“Well, you know I’m very disappointed. I think it’s wrong, but we will meet with them and we will push back. And, we will fight as hard as we can and I believe Arizona will win the lawsuit.”

Here’s how Obama and Napolitano are ‘bringing the hammer down’ on illegal immigration:

► Up to 524 National Guard personnel will be sent to AZ (not the promised 1200).
► National Guard personnel will be implemented in small numbers and fluctuate incrementally.
► National Guard personnel will conduct surveillance and support – not ‘boots on the ground’ apprehension duty.
► National Guard personnel at the peak number of 524 will be available for a limited time.
► 22 miles of existing border fence will be repaired.
► The $500 million originally pledged to Gov Brewer has been changed to $445 million. $310 million will be given to Mexico. Arizona will receive a whopping $135 million.

Phoenix 3TV report:

“No really substantial information was provided that would make us happy or pleased with the discussions today.” -Gov Brewer

In case you missed it, the White House has appointed another Czar:

White House Picks Critic of Local Immigration Enforcement for Key Role at ICE

Harold Hurtt, a former police chief in Houston and Phoenix, has been hired as the Director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of State and Local Coordination.

The Obama administration has tapped an outspoken critic of immigration enforcement on the local level to oversee and promote partnerships between federal and local officials on the issue.

Harold Hurtt, a former police chief in Houston and Phoenix, has been hired as the director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of State and Local Coordination. Starting July 6, Hurtt will supervise outreach and communication between ICE, local law enforcement agencies, tribal leaders and representatives from non-governmental organizations.
as a police chief, Hurtt was a supporter of “sanctuary city” policies, by which illegal immigrants who don’t commit crimes can live without fear of exposure or detainment because police don’t check for immigration papers.

He also, during his tenure as Houston police chief, criticized ICE’s key program that draws on local law enforcement’s support.

(emphasis mine)

Obama’s agenda is obvious. He may well have met his match in Governor Brewer.

Donate to keep Arizona safe!

UPDATE: Obama will speak Thursday (7/1/10) on ‘immigration reform’ (code for amnesty):

President Barack Obama will deliver an address on comprehensive immigration reform on Thursday in Washington.

Obama will speak at American University in northwest Washington following a week in which he’s met with key constituencies in the immigration debate.

Obama will speak at noon on Thursday “on the need to fix our broken immigration system through comprehensive immigration reform,” according to a White House announcement.

The president met this week with immigration activists and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss the prospects for reform this year, too.