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NLRB using Boeing's own words against them

A 10-page document that could be a blow to the Boeing plant in North Charleston.

In the document, the National Labor Relations Board accuses Boeing of breaking the law when it chose South Carolina for its second final assembly plant for the 787 Dreamliner.

The NLRB contends Boeing was retaliating against the union when it chose SC and it is using the words of Boeing executives to make its case.

Boeing CEO Jim Albaugh was interviewed by the Seattle Times in March of last year. Now his interview is being used against Boeing.

The NLRB contends it is evidence -- accusing Boeing of unfair labor practices.

The labor union has been investigating a charge filed in March of last year by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The union is claiming that Boeing is moving work to SC in retaliation for the union's strikes, and putting a chill on future strikes. 

"And that's against the law in 50 states not just Washington, but every state," said Tom Wroblewski, a union leader.

Boeing is suspect of the labor board's timing. Construction of the plant in North Charleston is close to being completed. The company plans to fight the case, which is set to be heard in June in Seattle.

The Machinists Union is asking the second 787 assembly line to go back to Washington with union machinist workers, as well as supply lines, which would also impact Boeing's new Interiors Responsibility Center on Ladson Road.

The NLRB noted it is not asking the South Carolina facility be closed.  The union contends the action actually benefits all workers even those in North Charleston. Wroblewski said, "Should they ever decide to unionize, it would help them get better wages ....and working conditions."

The National Labor Relations Board is a federal agency that protects employees' rights and to help improve wages and working conditions.

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