NLRB, Boeing continue to argue over union's complaint

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) - The National Labor Relations Board responded to inquiries regarding its complaint against Boeing on Monday, less than a week after Boeing slammed the board.

"Contrary to certain public statements made in recent weeks, there is nothing remarkable or unprecedented about the complaint issued against the Boeing Company on April 20," said NLRB acting general counsel Lafe Solomon. "The complaint involves matters of fact and law that are not unique to this case, and it was issued only after a thorough investigation in the field, a  further careful review by our attorneys in Washington, and an invitation by me to the parties to present their case and discuss the possibility of a settlement. Only then did I authorize the complaint alleging that certain statements and decisions by Boeing officials were discriminatory under our statute."

Boeing is fighting a complaint from union workers to move the company's second 787 assembly line plant from North Charleston to Puget Sound, WA. The group claims Boeing decided to build the second assembly line in North Charleston instead of Washington as retaliation for workers going on strike.

Boeing is accusing federal labor regulators of unfairly twisting or misquoting statements by company executives to make a case that the company illegally retaliated against union workers.

"It is important to note that the issuance of a complaint is just the beginning of a legal process, which now moves to a hearing before an administrative law judge. That hearing, scheduled for June 14 in Seattle, is the appropriate time and place to argue the merits of the complaint," Solomon said. "The judge's decision can further be appealed to the Board, and ultimately to the federal courts. At any point in this process, the parties could reach a settlement agreement and we remain willing to participate in any such discussions at the request of either or both parties.  We hope all interested parties respect the legal process, rather than trying to litigate this case in the media and public arena."

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