Boeing plans to fight complaint from union

WASHINGTON (WCSC/AP) - Boeing will fight a complaint from union workers to move the company's second 787 assembly line plant from North Charleston to Puget Sound, WA.

The National Labor Relations board says that there's enough evidence to move forward with a hearing.

Boeing says it will fight the action which accuses the company of moving work to Charleston to punish the union.

The group claims Boeing decided to build the second assembly line in North Charleston instead of Washington as retaliation for workers going on strike. Most 787s are being assembled in Washington state by members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, or IAM.

The complaint filed Wednesday quotes public statements by Boeing executives saying they put the plant in South Carolina in part to avoid future labor disruptions.

"What I'm hoping is that the Boeing company will realize that they are not above the law and that workers rights not only here in Puget Sound but across the country are protected," said Tom Wroblewski, head of the IAM. "The workers are protected by law and no company can intimidate, threaten workers. They're just not above the law."

According to the labor relations board, the remedy could be to require Boeing to maintain the second production line in Washington state.

Boeing contends they being forced to choose Washington instead of South Carolina.

"This is an absolute assault on a great corporate citizen and on South Carolina's right-to-work status,"Gov. Nikki Haley said."We will continue to do everything we can to protect that status, and to stand with companies like Boeing who understand what it means to take care of their employees without the interference of a meddlesome, self-serving union. This bullying will not be tolerated in South Carolina."

A hearing before an administrative law judge is planned for June 14 in Seattle.

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