Radical greens threaten Virginia jobs

January 03, 2012J

By: AUDREY BERKSHIRE JACKSON | Richmond Times-Dispatch
Published: January 01, 2012

When the Virginia legislature returns this month, it will have its hands full helping generate jobs in the Old Dominion. It can start by defending Virginia employers in the crosshairs of an extremist anti-jobs campaign.

Radical environmental activists have targeted Strasburg-based Mercury Paper Co. for shutdown. A campaign by Greenpeace is pressuring local businesses to boycott Mercury. If successful, the boycott would cripple the company and eliminate hundreds of jobs.

It’s a textbook example of how to make a bad economic situation worse. Worst of all, even if successful, the campaign would do nothing to help the environment.

House Passes NLRB Restraint Bill, Connolly Sides with Big Labor

September 16, 2011J

The House of Representatives has passed a bill that would prevent the National Labor Relations Board from dictating to private companies where they conduct their business. The bill passed 238-to-186, with Virginia Rep. Gerry Connolly (11th District) siding with union interests, despite his previously undecided stance. Members of AFP-Virginia had visited Connolly’s district office this week in an attempt to sway him into siding with Virginians and continuing efforts to create jobs in the Commonwealth.

The legislation, HR2587, stems from NLRB’s heavy-handed and overreaching effort to prevent Boeing from building its new 787 jet airliners in South Carolina, a right-to-work state with affordable labor costs and a friendly business environment. H.R. 2587 would clarify that the NLRB does not have the power to order any employer to close, relocate, or transfer employment under any circumstance.