House panel takes up NLRB complaint vs. Boeing

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- About two dozen protesters have gathered in North Charleston as a congressional committee opens a hearing on the National Labor Relations Board complaint against Boeing.

The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is convening here Friday to discuss the complaint.

Outside the chamber, Charleston docks worker Georgette Carr said the state needs good jobs but that companies shouldn't be allowed to break federal labor laws in creating them.

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and the NLRB's chief attorney are to testify during the hearing expected to last most of the day.

The NLRB alleges Boeing built an assembly line for its new 787 aircraft in South Carolina to avoid unionized workers in Washington state. Boeing has challenged the complaint, saying no union workers lost jobs.