State AGs vs NLRB

A group of sixteen state attorneys general are challenging a ruling by the National Labor Relations Board that would block Boeing from opening a new assembly line in South Carolina. KUHF business reporter Andrew Schneider has more.

Boeing is seeking to open a second assembly line for its 787 Dreamliner to complement its existing production. The NLRB said no: opening the new plant would hurt Boeing’s unionized employees in Washington State.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott co-authored the brief on behalf of Boeing. Abbott argues that, if the NLRB decision is allowed to stand, it could hurt Texas’s ability to attract new jobs.

“The reason why so many states are interested in this is because South Carolina is a right-to-work state. If the NLRB succeeds here, it’s going to pose an economic threat to all right-to-work states across the country.”

The NLRB decision stems from a complaint by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, which represents workers at Boeing’s plant in Washington’s Puget Sound area. The union charges Boeing’s decision to open the South Carolina plant was in retaliation for past strikes.

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Andrew Schneider

Business Reporter

Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...