Friday, July 8, 2011

George Allen Senate Race 2012 - #3058 - Labor Battle at Center of Virginia Senate Race - Real Clear Politics

The new Boeing Dreamliner plant in North Charleston, S.C., is a few hundred miles from George Allen's campaign headquarters in Richmond, but if Allen and the Old Dominion's GOP have their way, the bitter battle between the airline manufacturer and the National Labor Relations Board will help determine Virginia's next U.S. senator. That race, expected to be among the most expensive and competitive of 2012 U.S. Senate contests, most likely will pit Allen, a former Virginia governor and senator, against Tim Kaine, who also served a term as Virginia governor and who most recently chaired the Democratic National Committee. The two are vying for the seat held by Democrat Jim Webb, who chose not to seek re-election after just one term.........Allen's campaign is seeking to capitalize on a lawsuit filed by the National Labor Relations Board against Boeing for opening new manufacturing plants in South Carolina instead of in Washington state, partly to avoid the labor trouble that has prompted recent strikes by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The machinists union sued Boeing, alleging that moving some of its manufacturing operations to a right-to-work state was a form of retaliation prohibited by federal law. This would seem to be an issue for President Obama to address, and not Tim Kaine, who never challenged Virginia's status as a right-to-work state when he was a governor and yet managed to keep good relations with organized labor. Except that earlier this year, the Obama-nominated National Labor Relations Board sided with the machinists union, putting the future of the South Carolina plant at risk, stirring up the politics of right-to-work states and handing conservatives across the country a timely campaign issue. Read more......

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