Boeing gains support from unlikely source

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Almost a year and a half after Boeing announced it would build a final assembly plant in Charleston, the airplane manufacturer is hitting major turbulence.

Boeing is fighting a complaint from the National Labor Relations Board and union workers that believe the company's move to Charleston was illegal. Now, Boeing is getting support from an unlikely source.

John Raudabaugh, a former member of the NLRB appointed under former President George H. W. Bush, says the claim against Boeing shocked him.

"It seems to me that Boeing has done nothing wrong," Raudabaugh said. 

He says the union leaders were informed well in advance that Boeing was looking elsewhere for new production.

"The union representatives had repeated meetings with the company," he said. "They fully understood the reasons that Boeing was undertaking and they have a legal obligation to communicate to their members. I find this just amazing, I can't believe that Boeing won't prevail."

The discord with the complaint and support for Boeing doesn't stop with Raudabaugh. Gov. Nikki Haley issued a statement saying the claim was "an absolute assault on South Carolina's right to work status." She continued by saying, "this bullying will not be tolerated."

Congressman Tim Scott says "I affirm my support to Governor Haley and hard working South Carolinians in the fight for the rights of workers and the preservation of our state's sovereignty."

But even with overwhelming support cropping up throughout the state, a hearing before an administrative law judge is planned for June 14 in Seattle.

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