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South Carolina fights for Boeing plant

Chaaron Pearson on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 12:00:00 am

Boeing Co. is planning to construct a $1 billion production facility in South Carolina and has run into opposition from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  The NLRB claims that Boeing selected South Carolina because they do not want to deal with a unionized aerospace workforce.  NLRB is pursuing an order to keep the production line in the Pacific Northwest which has a unionized aerospace workforce.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, the state attorney general and members of the state’s congressional delegation were in Washington D.C. to ask for President Obama to respond to the NLRB’s findings.  The administration has stayed away from the dispute because NLRB is an independent agency.

Governor Haley views these findings as a serious blow to free enterprise and she “wants to make sure it never touches another state,” Haley said in an appearance at the U.S. Chamber according to CNN.

The Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, in a statement regarding the NLRB findings distributed to their members today, expressed their displeasure with the NLRB decision.  President and CEO, Bryan Derreberry, said “our chamber fully supports Boeing’s decision to build the Final Assembly and Delivery facility here in North Charleston.”  He also went on to say that “Boeing is committed, for the long-term, to our community and state and we are equally committed to ensuring their success.” 

Read more:
Stateline.com: South Carolina dials up pressure over Boeing plant
Wall Street Journal: Boeing is pro-growth, not anti-union
Charleston statement to members
NLRB Complaint Legal Fact Sheet
CNN.com: Top republicans demand Obama weigh in on Boeing dispute

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