A tug-of-war over middle-class jobs

There’s a new battle brewing between big business and labor.

A factory in South Carolina could soon be home to 1,000 new workers assembling Boeing’s newest commercial jet. But as it prepares for the first jet to roll off the line this summer, Boeing must first go head to head with the National Labor Relations Board.

And the factory has also become ground zero for a political debate between Democrats and Republicans on how to create jobs.

It all began last month, when the NLRB filed a complaint, charging that Boeing broke the law when it decided to shift some production of its new 787 “Dreamliner” jet to the new factory in South Carolina from its union-represented plant in Washington State.

The NLRB claims that Boeing’s intent was to punish the International Association of Machinists for the union’s past strikes.

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