Hearing opening in labor complaint against Boeing



SEATTLE (AP) — A judge is set to hear a government labor-law complaint filed against Boeing Co.

The National Labor Relations Board accuses Boeing of illegally retaliating against union workers for past strikes by adding a non-union assembly line for its new 787 passenger jet in South Carolina. The NLRB said the remedy should include moving the South Carolina assembly work to Washington state, where other 787s are assembled.

The hearing scheduled to open Tuesday in Seattle before an NLRB judge is expected to last more than a month.

The complaint filed in April quotes public statements by Boeing executives saying they selected South Carolina in part to avoid future labor disruptions. The complaint says that amounts to discrimination based on union activity.

On Monday, Boeing said the claims are without merit. It says the work in South Carolina is new work and that no member of the International Association of Machinists has lost a job due to the new line.