Boeing rejects a proposed settlement offer

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Boeing has rejected a proposed settlement offer, and is preparing for a hearing next week before a National Labor Relations Board judge.

Boeing spokesman Tim Neale confirmed that the Machinists Union offered Boeing a deal about two weeks ago. But Neale says Boeing considered the settlement offer "way beyond what is reasonable."

Neale says the union asked that Boeing guarantee that production for the company's next airplane project be located in the Puget Sound, as well as the related supply program.  Neale says that while Boeing has kept an open line with the union on this case, there are no ongoing discussions at this time.

Union attorney Chris Corson said it was not appropriate to discuss the case.

The labor board has accused Boeing of unfair labor practices by moving its second assembly line to North Charleston to punish the union for past strikes.  The NLRB is recommending the South Carolina 787 assembly work be moved back to Washington State.

The hearing on the case is set to begin Tuesday in Seattle and is expected to be a lengthy process.

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