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      Scott bill would prevent NLRB from closing plants

      U.S. Rep. Tim Scott / FILE

      CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina U.S. Rep. Tim Scott has introduced legislation in Congress to prevent the National Labor Relations Board from closing down plants or ordering companies to transfer employment.

      Scott's measure comes in light of the NLRB suit against Boeing, which last month opened its $750 million assembly plant in North Charleston.

      The NLRB complaint alleges the new plant was built in South Carolina so Boeing could avoid unionized labor in the Pacific Northwest.

      Scott calls his bill the Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has endorsed Scott's proposal.

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      Scott says if Boeing is ordered to close the North Charleston plant, it could cost South Carolina 11,000 jobs.

      The U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee begins work on Scott's bill on Thursday.

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