Boeing hearing to be held in North Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- A U.S. House committee plans a hearing in South Carolina this month over a federal labor lawsuit against Boeing Co. that claims the company 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.

"Every private sector corporation should have the ability to make a decision in their best interest if that includes moving to a right-to-work state like South Carolina," said Rep. Tim Scott. "God bless it."

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.

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