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Blog: Boeing flips role on 787 line

Back in 2009, Boeing told Washington politicians that putting a second 787 line in the state was contingent on getting a no-strike deal with the Machinists union.

Now, Boeing lawyers are saying the company would have put a second line in South Carolina without the labor deal.

The controversy follows a complaint by National Labor Relations Board acting chairman Lafe Soloman that Boeing violated labor law by placing its second 787 line in South Carolina in retaliation for union strikes and should be required to build the line in Washington.

The Seattle P-I discusses Boeng’s comments in a blog here.

In a Wall Street Journal editorial, Boeing chairman Jim McNerney says the NLRB has overreached its authority. Its action, McNerney writes, could accelerate the flight of U.S. jobs overseas.