WASHINGTON -- The top lawyer for the National Labor Relations Board issued a ruling Wednesday saying Boeing violated federal labor laws in deciding to start manufacturing for its new line of 787 planes in South Carolina -- and seeking to force the firm to make the Dreamliner aircraft at its current plant in Everett, Wash.
Boeing executive vice president Michael Luttig blasted the ruling as "frivolous," adding the company will fight it in court and expressing confidence that production of 787s will begin as scheduled this summer at its new North Charleston plant.
"Boeing has every right under both federal law and its collective bargaining agreement to build additional U.S. production capacity outside of the Puget Sound region," Luttig said.
Lafe Solomon, NLRBs acting general counsel, alleged in his complaint that Boeings decision to open a non-union factory in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, discriminated against its Washington state employees who belong to the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
"A workers right to strike is a fundamental right guaranteed by the National Labor Relations Act," Solomon said. "We also recognize the rights of employers to make business decisions based on their economic interests, but they must do so within the law."