Congress to hold Boeing hearing in SC
Wed, 08 Jun 2011 14:10:46 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH, AP) -- A U.S. House committee plans a hearing in South Carolina this month over a federal labor lawsuit against Boeing Co. that claims the company moved manufacturing facilities from Washington state to North Charleston avoid unionized workers.
The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government planned to announce Wednesday that its members will travel to North Charleston on June 17 for the hearing.
The National Labor Relations Board in April sued Boeing, claiming the manufacturer located a new 787 passenger aircraft assembly line in South Carolina -- a right-to-work state -- to retaliate against Washington state union workers who went on strike in 2008.Related Stories... Rep. Scott asks Obama to call off NLRB, workers want in on lawsuit Gov. Haley heads to Washington for Boeing battle Boeing says union claims against SC plant false
The NLRB wants that work returned to Washington, even though the company has already built a new South Carolina plant and hired 1,000 workers.
Governor Haley said President Barack Obama owes it to South Carolina and the nation to talk about how he will handle the NLRB challenge to Boeing.
"This goes against everything we know our American economy to be," Haley said. "When a company comes to South Carolina and wants to create jobs they should be able to do that. For the president not to weigh in on this and not to say this is going to be harmful is a problem. Job creation is key in the next few years in this country. What we are doing is telling people not only can you not work in any other state we want you to go overseas. That's what the president is saying by his silence. He's got to speak up."South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and eight other attorneys general say the complaint isn't based on any factual claims. The attorneys general say the complaint hinders states' economic recovery from financial crisis. You can read the entire letter here. What do you think about the accusations against Boeing? Leave a comment below to weigh in.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)