President Obama on Wednesday commented about a recent controversial Boeing plant relocation, saying, "If jobs are being created here in the United States, let's make sure we are encouraging that."
During a news conference at the White House, Obama responded to a question about a lawsuit filed by the National Labor Relations Board against Boeing, accusing the aerospace company of illegally retaliating against its unionized work force in Washington state by opening a new production line for its 787 airplane in South Carolina, a right-to-work state.
Although he didn't want to talk about the specifics of the case, Obama was clearly in favor of the creation of thousands of new jobs that will result from the Boeing plant relocation to South Carolina. He said the case was brought by an independent agency and a judge would decide the facts.
"It would defy common sense" for Boeing Co. to have to shut down a new aircraft plant or lay off workers as a result of a labor dispute with the government, Obama said. He said companies need to have the freedom to relocate work, though they must follow the law when doing so.
"We can't afford to have labor and management fighting all the time," said Obama about the controversy. He spoke about his administration's aim to reassess not only new business regulations, but old ones as well.
President Obama ended his remarks about Boeing by talking about our nation's top competitors.
"We're competing against Germany and China and other countries that want to sell goods all around the world, and obviously, the airplane industry is an area where we still have a huge advantage and I want to make sure we keep it."