Arguments in Boeing-NLRB case at Seattle hearing

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SEATTLE (AP) -- The Machinists Union says it's fighting a move by Boeing to close portions of the Seattle hearing on the National Labor Relations Board's lawsuit against the company.

The union says the arguments Thursday will be the first bit of courtroom action in the case that began two weeks ago at the Federal Courthouse in Seattle.

The NLRB alleges that Boeing violated labor laws by opening a new production line for its 787 airplane in South Carolina. The agency claims Boeing opened the new plant to punish Washington state workers for past strikes and wants the company to return the work to Washington.

Boeing denies the charges, saying it opened the South Carolina plant for valid economic reasons.