(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- On Thursday, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson filed a brief on behalf of 16 states opposing the proposal by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) which would punish employers for creating new jobs in so-called "right-to-work" states.
In right-to-work states, employees are not required to join a union as a condition of employment.
The brief, signed by attorneys general from both right-to-work and unionized states, was in response to the NLRB's lawsuit against Boeing which moved some of its operations from Seattle, Washington to right-to-work state South Carolina in 2009.
"At a time when 13.9 million Americans are unemployed, the NLRB is threatening to micromanage private sector investment decisions, punish states that protect their citizens from forced union membership, and discourage the creation of jobs that are desperately needed by families across the country," Attorney General Abbott said. "Concerned about the detrimental impact of yet another job-threatening federal overreach, we forged a bipartisan, 16-state coalition to protect [a] state's ability to encourage economic development and promote job creation. Just last week, the Obama Administration revealed that the nation’s economic recovery is still struggling and that the unemployment rate is unacceptably high. So, at this critical juncture, we took legal action to prevent the federal government from once again stifling economic opportunity in Texas and across the United States."
The brief, authored by Texas and South Carolina, was joined by 14 other states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming.
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