State, local leaders join together to keep Boeing in SC

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Gov. Nikki Haley joined U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham and Congressman Tim Scott during a Thursday press conference to discuss concerns with the union complaint filed against Boeing.

Boeing will fight the 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.

"We will protect Boeing," Haley said Thursday.

Thursday's press conference was held in the Henderson Building at Trident Research Center in North Charleston.

Scott said that the South Carolina congressional delegation will fight for corporate South Carolina. Graham called the NLRB complaint against Boeing "frivolous," and added that Boeing may have to spend extra money to fight.

SC Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell said that federal, state and local government have united to fight for Boeing against NLRB's "frivolous and irresponsible" complaint. He said the general assembly will introduce resolutions affirming support for Boeing.

"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."

Graham called the NRLB decision, "One of the worst examples of unelected bureaucrats doing the bidding of special interest groups that I've ever seen" and accused the NLRB of, "Doing the bidding of the unions at great cost to South Carolina and our nation's economy."

Graham also said the National Labor Relations Board's request shouldn't be taken seriously.

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.

Scott said Wednesday, "Such heavy-handed tactics on behalf of the President's union supporters are an affront to the people of the Palmetto State who voted overwhelmingly in support of a constitutional amendment guaranteeing workers the right to secret ballots in union elections."

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

"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."

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