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Boeing move not about punishing unions, CEO says

The National Labor Relations Board was "wrong and overreached its authority" in trying to block the Boeing Co. from opening its new factory in South Carolina, Boeing CEO Jim McNerney argued in a Wall Street Journal commentary. The NLRB charges that Boeing built the plant in a right-to-work state to punish union-represented employees in Washington state. But McNerney argues that Boeing "made a rational, legal business decision about the allocation of our capital and the placement of new work within the U.S." And he contends that "despite the ups-and-downs, we hold no animus toward union members, and we have never sought to threaten or punish them for exercising their rights, as the NLRB claims."