Boeing on Tuesday sent a letter to the general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, blasting him for making false accusations about the company's decision to build a non-union factory in South Carolina, which an NLRB complaint charges is illegal.
Back in October 2009, Boeing announced plans to build the plant to service a backlog of orders after talks broke down with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.
In a complaint written by general counsel Lafe Solomon last month, the NLRB argued that the move to South Carolina was retaliatory, and advocated the extreme remedy of moving the production line to Washington – even though Boeing has already constructed the new facility and hired 1,000 workers.
"A number of these statements,which are critical to your case against Boeing, fundamentally misquote or mischaracterize statements by Boeing executives and actions taken by the Company," wrote Boeing general counsel Michael Luttig in the letter. "You have a responsibility to correct these misquotations and mischaracterizations, for the public record and also for purposes of the complaint you have filed. Through these misquotations and mischaracterizations, you have done a grave disservice to The Boeing Company, its executives and shareholders, and to the 160,000 Boeing employees worldwide. And, of course, you have filed a complaint based upon these misstatements that cannot be credibly maintained under law."