Jul 14, 2011 - 10:32am

Long Live the Czar

Senior Vice President, Employment Policy Division
Yesterday, Jeffrey Immelt, who in addition to being Chairman and CEO of GE is also the President’s “Job Czar” spoke out strongly in support of Boeing’s plans to open a new production line in South Carolina for its 787 Dreamliner aircraft. 
“‘I defend Boeing,’ [Immelt] said. ‘You’ve got a world class, high-tech, job-creating force that’s going into South Carolina. I can’t think of one reason to slow that down. Not one.’”
Immelt makes an excellent point, but it seems that one part of the administration isn’t communicating with the other.  Another one of the President’s hand-picked officials is, in fact, throwing a big roadblock in front of job creation.  That would be Lafe Solomon, nominee for General Counsel at the National Labor Relations Board, who is pursuing a judicial order that would essentially force Boeing to shut down its new factory in South Carolina. 
The thousands of jobs that would be lost at Boeing are undoubtedly a concern for anyone referred to as the Jobs Czar, given today’s sluggish rate of job creation.  But the ramifications of Solomon’s actions extend far beyond Boeing and are likely to discourage other firms from opening new facilities in the United States, forfeiting additional jobs.
Recently, the President has spoken out about the need to resolve Solomon’s attack on Boeing “without wasting a lot of time in court.”  Listening to Immelt would be a good start.   
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Senior Vice President, Employment Policy Division

Glenn Spencer is senior vice president of the Employment Policy division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.