The National Labor Relations Board has dropped its case against Boeing over its North Charleston facility.
The NLRB’s acting general counsel Lafe Solomon said Friday the board decided to end the case after the machinists’ union– which had requested the lawsuit– asked to withdraw its complaint Thursday. That came a day after the union voted to ratify a new contract extension with Boeing that, among other things, included a promise from the company to build a new 737 aircraft facility in Washington.
The board sued Boeing after the union claimed the company violated labor laws when it expanded 787 Dreamliner production into right-to-work South Carolina. The NLRB accused Boeing of making the move to retaliate against striking employees at its Washington plants. The company maintains it did nothing wrong and that no union employees were affected by the expansion.
The NLRB filed the case in April, drawing outrage from South Carolina officials, who accused the agency of interfering with what they consider the largest economic development deal in state history.