“South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said Tuesday that governors and businesses have to work together to counter National Labor Relations Board actions against Boeing Co. that she contends could undermine state right-to-work laws and economic growth.
“‘We’ve got to make sure that we are responding to this in a strong way,’ the Republican said after a meeting at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, in her most recent attack on the federal board.
“‘We have to do it in a loud way and the president owes it to the state of South Carolina and every state in the country on what he’s going to do in reference to what the NLRB has done against Boeing,’ Haley said. ‘While Boeing may be the first company, you know, I don’t think this will be the last company.’
“Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, said Republicans are stretching the NLRB”s challenge into a contest over right-to-work laws. ‘That’s just factually incorrect — there is absolutely no way that the outcome of this case could affect in any way the laws of any state,’ he said in a statement.
“A complaint filed last month claims Boeing decided to build a new aircraft assembly line in South Carolina to retaliate for a 2008 strike at a Washington state plant. The NLRB wants the 787 assembly work returned to Washington. Boeing’s lawyer says the NLRB complaint misquotes officials and mischaracterizes the company’s position.”
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