Workers already are settling into the Boeing Co.’s new 787 jet factory in South Carolina.
Although jet production isn’t expected to start until July, Boeing began moving workers into its new 787 factory in North Charleston, reports The Post and Courier. The first 200 workers of the 3,800 that ultimately will work in Boeing’s factory began moving into the facility over the weekend, the newspaper reported.
In 2009, Boeing selected South Carolina for its second 787 assembly line. Its original 787 line is here in Everett.
Boeing’s North Charleston facility has become the subject of a National Labor Relations Board complaint. The labor board has accused Boeing of selecting South Carolina as a means of punishing its Machinists in the Puget Sound area for labor strikes. The labor board’s general counsel claims Boeing’s action was illegal and has suggested the company establish a second 787 line in Washington to make up for it.
Boeing has denied the labor board’s allegations and said it will defend its decision in court.
The complaint has drawn much political attention. A hearing on the complaint has been set for June 14 in Seattle.