Airbus’s opening of an A320 plant in Mobile, Alabama, brings a lot of pluses, including a global assembly footprint—France, Germany, China and now the U.S.—and the symbolism of churning out its best-seller in Boeing’s backyard. There is also one benefit you will not hear the company talk about: the ability to hire and fire workers pretty much at will. U.S. labor protections are much less stringent than those in Europe, particularly in states such as Alabama, ...

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