Re: “Labor’s attack on Boeing sends a chilling message” (Richard S. Davis column, 5-4).
Davis is factually wrong when he says business owners have “the fundamental right … to act in the best interests of customers (and) shareholders.”
While oft repeated, that is not a fact.
Federal law, since the early part of the last century, has guaranteed rights to workers, not employers. Those protections were enshrined in law because of the widespread abuses by employers, which included deadly attacks on workers attempting to organize to obtain respect, safe working conditions and better pay. Some of those occurred in the Puget Sound region.
The National Labor Relations Board enforces federal law and protects the right of workers. Among those rights is the protection against an employer moving his business purely to avoid having to deal with its labor union.
Since the Reagan years, the ability of that body to do its job has been undermined and eroded, thanks to the financial lobbying of right-wing business groups.
Perhaps Davis and other corporate apologists have grown so accustomed to the power to ride roughshod over workers that they cannot contemplate a world in which they must, at long last, actually obey the law.