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NLRB Ends Complaint Against Boeing

Phyllis Fletcher

It's official today: The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has dropped a complaint against Boeing. The Machinists Union said this week it would withdraw the case. KUOW's Phyllis Fletcher reports.


The union agreed to ask the NLRB to drop its complaint as part of a new contract with Boeing. The case developed after a strike in 2008. The year after that, Boeing started airplane production in South Carolina, where labor laws are weaker than in Washington.

The union called it retaliation, and complained to the NLRB. The labor board took the case and had the first hearing in June.

But now the NLRB has accepted the union's request to withdraw and has called it "closed." The NLRB says most of its cases are resolved in a similar way.

The new contract includes a promise from Boeing to produce its next iteration of the 737 in Renton. The workers agreed to pay for more of their own health care.

Spokespersons for the union and Boeing have called the agreement a turning point in their relationship. Some union members were skeptical, but the NLRB and Washington Governor Chris Gregoire praised Boeing and the union for moving forward.

I'm Phyllis Fletcher, KUOW News.

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