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Boeing and the Machinists: What we have here is a failure to communicate

An Administrative Law Judge will convene a hearing on June 14, 2011 in the highly politicized labor dispute between the Boeing Company (Boeing) and the Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (Machinists). In April, the Acting General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board filed a Complaint against Boeing, alleging that the plane maker’s decision to assemble its 787 Dreamliner aircraft at a new (non-union) facility in North Charleston, South Carolina rather than an existing (unionized) facility in Everett, Washington was in retaliation for a history of strikes by the Machinists at the Washington facility and therefore violative of the National Labor Relations Act. Boeing maintains that the decision to place a second assembly line in South Carolina was based upon the Company’s legitimate interest in seeking out a favorable business environment for new production.

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