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Not a Single Dem Senator Will Support Effort to Curb NLRB After Boeing Overreach

1:45 PM, May 19, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
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I've pounded this drum good and hard, but here's another stark reminder that, thanks to hundreds of millions in campaign cash, the Democratic party is basically a subsidiary of organized labor. After the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided to turn Atlas Shrugged into a documentary and tell Boeing they couldn't open up a factory in a right-to-work state, not a single Democratic Senator will support Sen. Jim DeMint's bill curbing the NLRB:

One week after Republican senators introduced a bill to counter the National Labor Relations Board’s complaint vs. Boeing (BA), not a single Democrat, not even the ones who represent states with right-to-work laws, have signed on as co-sponsors. According to Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., they’re not going to get any either, and that probably dooms the bill.

“Whether we can get any Democratic support is very doubtful. They are very afraid of doing anything that antagonizes unions, even if behind the scenes they agree with us,” DeMint told IBD. “So I don’t really know that we can pass it.”

DeMint said the GOP will continue to push it, but conceded it needs bipartisan support to break the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold. The Democrats “saw what happened to Blanche Lincoln,” he said, referring to the pro-business Senate Democrat from Arkansas who was targeted by Big Labor during her 2010 re-election bid. She survived a brutal primary, but was too damaged to win the general election, though she probably would have been a longshot in any case.

The bill would rewrite the National Labor Relations Act to give additional protection to businesses that locate operations in right-to-work states. The bill was prompted by an NLRB charge vs. Boeing. It argued that Boeing’s decision to expand operations to South Carolina, one of the states that let employees decide whether to join or financially support a union, was retaliation against a union that represented company workers in Oregon and Washington.

Read the rest of the story over at Investor's Business Daily.

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