As Boeing gets ready for its first 787 delivery to Japan Tuesday, the NLRB’s fight against the South Carolina expansion continues. Boeing says it followed the law by expanding its 787 plant in South Carolina. However, a union that represents Washington Boeing workers says company documents claim the South Carolina right-to-work location was meant to punish union members.
Multiple media outlets report an IAM spokesperson said those documents show Boeing thought the South Carolina move would fail more likely than other locations. The machinist union says the memo shows Boeing purposely located to North Charleston to retaliate against the union. A company spokesman said nothing in the documents show Boeing doing anything illegal.
The dispute between the NLRB and Boeing is ongoing, as a Seattle administrative law judge is currently hearing the case. The documents were distributed by the IAM at a Seattle union event.