Boeing Co. workers in North Charleston voted overwhelmingly to disband their union in a move that could give the region an edge in landing an aircraft plant the company is looking to build.Free labor's competitive advantage is always important, but more obvious in a time of economic stagnation.
Of the 267 ballots cast, 199 were in favor of decertifying the election that made them members of the International Association of Machinists. . . .
Boeing has said it would consider North Charleston and its manufacturing hub outside Seattle, among other sites, for a new 787 assembly plant. A decision is expected by the end of the year.
It was during the 1970s, when the steel mills and other industrial plants of the unionized Northeast and upper Midwest were laying off thousands, that the economic vitality of the "Sun Belt" became such a contrast with the misery of the "Rust Belt." And the right-to-work laws of the Southern and Western states were the chief reason for this remarkable shift.