Boeing says union claims against SC plant false

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NORTH CHARLESTON (WACH, AP) -- Boeing says federal labor regulators unfairly twisted or misquoted statements by company executives to make a case that the company illegally retaliated against union workers.

The company is urging the National Labor Relations Board to withdraw a complaint that accuses Boeing of locating a new plant in South Carolina in part to avoid future labor disruptions in Washington state.

Boeing says its decision to place a new 787 assembly line in North Charleston did not remove or transfer any existing work from Washington state, where the aircraft is assembled by members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

The Chicago-based company also disputes government assertions it wanted to punish union workers for past strikes. The NLRB wants Boeing to move all assembly work back to Washington state.

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South Carolina leaders also weighed in last week. 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.

A hearing before an administrative law judge is planned for June 14 in Seattle.

The International Association of Machinists filed a lawsuit against Gov. Nikki Haley after she said she would fight to keep unions out of the North Charleston Boeing plant. The union sued earlier this year when Haley nominated Catherine Templeton to run the state's labor agency because she would be helpful in state fights against labor groups.

Haley said after the lawsuit was filed she remains ready to fight unions.

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(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)