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Investigative hearing against Boeing begins this week

The U.S. House Committee on Oversight is currently looking allegations by the National Labor Relations Board that Boeing Co. retaliated against its unionized workers in Washington State by building a factory in North Carolina to build 787 aircrafts. Those allegations came in April, when the National Labor Relations Board filed a suit against Boeing.

Following a series of union strikes back in 2009, Boeing and Co. decided to establish a factory in North Carolina. Just finished this year, the company ended up spending $750 million on the project, which is the largest industrial investment in the history of South Carolina, according to sources. The National Labor Relations Board seeks to have the factory work shifted back to company workers in Washington.

Boeing has defended itself against the suit, saying that no work was removed from its Washington facility and that there were no union members who lost their job. The National Labor Relations Board says Boeing transferred work to its South Carolina facility because South Carolina is a "right to work" state, where employees cannot be forced to join unions.

This week, the investigating committee will hear testimony from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and the head attorney of the National Labor Relations Board. Various other witnesses will be present at the investigative hearings, including three Republican congressmen from South Carolina, representatives from the South Carolina Attorney General's office, a North Charleston Boeing employee, and various other individuals.

According to sources, the new South Carolina facility is set to begin production next month, with the first 787 models being flown by 2012.

Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer, "SC Gov., NLRB counsel to testify at Boeing hearing," Bruce Smith, 14 June 2011.

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