AFP-VA Urges Rep. Connolly to Support NLRB Restraint

September 12, 2011

About a dozen members of Americans for Prosperity-Virginia today urged Rep. Gerry Connolly (11th District) to support HR2587, which would prohibit the National Labor Relations Board from ordering any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance. The AFP supporters met with Connolly representatives at the Congressman’s Prince William County district office.

The meeting was civil, cordial and productive, as AFP urged Connolly, who is publicly undecided on the bill, to vote for its passage when it comes up for a House vote as early as this week.

The legislation is in response to the NLRB lawsuit against Boeing, which wanted to produce its new 787s in South Carolina rather than Washington state. South Carolina is a right-to-work state, while Washington is not.

This is also very relevant to Virginia as the northern-most right-to-work state.

Virginia Director for AFP Trixie Averill issued the following statement:

“Government has no business telling a private company where it can and cannot conduct its operations. If Boeing wants to build jets in South Carolina, it should be allowed to do so without the interference of unelected bureaucrats who are looking to run interference for big labor and its cronies.

“In Virginia, we use our right-to-work law to attract new employers to the Commonwealth. If we have to constantly look over our shoulders to see if Washington approves of our job-creation efforts, if companies have to worry about being sued by the NLRB at every turn, it undermines our right-to-work law and erodes our ability to create jobs.

“We urge our Virginia delegation to stand up for the right-to-work and job creation and support HR2587.”

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