Congress To Look Into Boeing's Federal Labor Lawsuit

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A congressional committee plans a hearing in South Carolina this month over a federal labor lawsuit that claims Boeing Co. moved manufacturing facilities from Washington state to North Charleston avoid unionized workers.

The U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government planned to announce Wednesday that its members will travel to North Charleston on June 17 for the hearing.

The National Labor Relations Board in April sued Boeing, claiming the manufacturer located a new 787 passenger aircraft assembly line in South Carolina — a right-to-work state — to retaliate against Washington state union workers who went on strike in 2008.

The NLRB wants that work returned to Washington, even though the company has already built a new South Carolina plant and hired 1,000 workers.