Boeing slams NLRB for making false accusations 

Boeing on Tuesday sent a letter to the general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, blasting him for making false accusations about the company's decision to build a non-union factory in South Carolina, which an NLRB complaint charges is illegal.

Back in October 2009, Boeing announced plans to build the plant to service a backlog of orders after talks broke down with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

In a complaint written by general counsel Lafe Solomon last month, the NLRB argued that the move to South Carolina was retaliatory, and advocated the extreme remedy of moving the production line to Washington – even though Boeing has already constructed the new facility and hired 1,000 workers.

Boeing is calling for the complaint to be withdrawn and, in its letter today, argues that a number of statements Solomon made in the media were incorrect.

"A number of these statements,which are critical to your case against Boeing, fundamentally misquote or mischaracterize statements by Boeing executives and actions taken by the Company," wrote  Boeing general counsel Michael Luttig in the letter. "You have a responsibility to correct these misquotations and mischaracterizations, for the public record and also for purposes of the complaint you have filed. Through these misquotations and mischaracterizations, you have done a grave disservice to The Boeing Company, its executives and shareholders, and to the 160,000 Boeing employees worldwide. And, of course, you have filed a complaint based upon these misstatements that cannot be credibly maintained under law."

Solomon has said that the plant was built to transfer work from Washington state and that it was done to “punish” workers there.

However, Luttig explained that the factory in South Carolina was built to service new orders and detailed how Solomon mischaracterized statements by company executives in order to portray the building of the new facility as “retaliatory.”

The NLRB complaint had insisted that it wasn't calling for Boeing to shut down the South Carolina plant, only that it move new production to Washington state. But Luttig argued that this was effectively the same thing, because the South Carolina plant was built specifically to assemble 787 Dreamliner planes.

You can read the letter, with an attachment detailing the full context of statements made by Boeing executives about the South Carolina plant, here.

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