Earlier today the European aerospace firm announced it would invest $600 million in a new airline factory in Mobile, Alabama, its first such one in the US. Why Mobile? Well, Gov. Robert Bentley was blunt in an interview with Fox Business’s Neil Cavuto this evening.
“We are a right-to-work state,” he said. That is, Alabama is one of 23 states that forbid workers from being forced to join a union as a condition of employment. This has resulted in weak unions in those states.
‘The cost of doing business in Alabama is low,” the Republican governor said, adding later: “I think being a right-to work state is the reason many international companies look at Alabama and the other right-to-work states.”
This was “particularly important” to Asian countries, he said.
Allan McArtor, Airbus’s American chairman, was more circumspect with Cavuto, pointing to other advantages Alabama had, such as deepwater ports. But he conceded that Alabama’s union environment – or lack thereof – gave it a leg up.
Read More at Washington Examiner