Just to be clear, I’m not arguing that this is illegal. I’m arguing that this is patently wrong. In short, if the law does allow the government to tell a company what states it can decide to put a factory, that law needs to be changed.
Each state has different laws, levels of taxation, pools of employees with the right skills, access to materials, etc, but when a company is looking to build a factory, there are certainly some areas that the government should have input on. Zoning and environmental concerns are a couple examples of this, but the federal government shouldn’t have a damn bit of input as to what state that factory goes.
Corporations do not own unions, and unions do not own corporations. Just as a corporation shouldn’t have the power to force a union into accepting unilaterally changed pay rules, or forcing an end to a strike, unions should not be able to force corporations into building an expansion where they would like them to, or block them from building where they choose.
Every time a union strikes, that corporation has to weigh the cost of loss of income during that time with the costs of shutting down and moving. If a union can use the government to force a company to build where they want them to, then that basically means the union has a sort of de facto ownership.
Regardless of your personal opinion on the subject, there is no (nor should there ever be, in a free country) right to force a business to move anywhere in specific, any more than there is a right to force them to stay somewhere they don’t want to stay. The government can obviously regulate on details, but not the right to make choices like this.
None of this makes any sense. The National Labor Relations Board should be ashamed of itself, whoever made this call should be fired and if the rules actually do allow this sort of thing (which doesn’t seem clear – from what I was able to find), then they need to be changed. The NLRB is supposed to be an arbiter between corporations and their unions, not an extension of union interests – or the other way around.
Cronyism is wrong, no matter which “side” it’s helping.