The NLRB nay not allow Boeing to build a plant in the Nonunion South but Airbus Can

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 30th, 2012

Week in Review

Airbus is opening an assembly plant in the U.S.  Why?  Because they can make planes cheaper in America than they can in Europe (see Reports: Airbus to open plant in Alabama by Nancy Trejos posted 6/28/2012 on USA Today).

In taking the plunge into the United States, Airbus is betting that American airlines, many of which have large fleets of aging jets, will be enticed to consider an A320 that was “made in America” over Boeing’s competing 737. By assembling the planes with nonunion American workers, and in using dollars, Airbus also stands to reduce production costs.

It’s the high wages and benefits of European unions.  The high taxes that fund their social democracies.  And the depreciated dollar.  Add them all up and what you get is an economic advantage building airplanes in the nonunion south.

Boeing wanted to build a plant in the south to manufacture their new Dreamliner.  But the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) told Boeing they couldn’t.  They said they had to build those planes with union labor.  Lucky for Airbus that they have the freedom to build in the nonunion south.  Where they will build planes cheaper than Boeing can. 

Pity Boeing didn’t have that same freedom in this country.


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