A federal judge has refused to dismiss the National labour Relations Board lawsuit against Boeing in response to the opening of the aerospace giant’s new production line in South Carolina.
Administrative Law Judge Clifford Anderson allowed the board to present its case against Boeing at a trial, The Associated Press is reporting.
The NLRB alleges Boeing opened the plant in retaliation against its union workers in Washington State for a crippling 2008 strike, a charge the company denies.
The lawsuit is becoming an issue in the 2012 election as GOP hopefuls have criticised the suit as anti-business.
President Barack Obama withheld from criticising the NLRB in a press conference yesterday when pressed by reporters, but said businesses should be free to move from state to state, as long as they follow the law.
“What defies common sense would be a notion that we would be shutting down a plant or laying off workers because labour and management can’t come to a sensible agreement.”
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