House passes bill targeting Boeing labor case

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9/15/2011 3:03:48 AM - AP News
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left, accompanied by Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, to charge that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is playing politics and hindering job growth because of the NLRB's action against Seattle-based Boeing, charging the aircraft manufacturer wanted to build a factory in South Carolina, a right-to-work-state, in order avoid union problems. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) The Associated Press Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and other Republican senators, speak as they claim the National Labor Relations Board is playing politics and hindering job growth because of the National Labor Relations Board's action against Seattle-based Boeing charging the aircraft manufacturer wanted to build a factory in South Carolina, a right-to-work-state, in order avoid union problems, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) The Associated Press Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., right, and Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., left, join other Republican senators in charging the National Labor Relations Board is playing politics and hindering job growth because of the National Labor Relations Board's action against Seattle-based Boeing charging the aircraft manufacturer wanted to build a factory in South Carolina, a right-to-work-state, in order avoid union problems, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) The Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — The House has passed a bill that would undermine the government's case accusing Boeing Co. of retaliating against union workers.The measure approved on a 238-186 vote would limit the National Labor Relations Board's enforcement power. It would prohibit the agency from ordering any employer to shut down plants or relocate work, even if a company violates labor laws.House Republicans say the board shouldn't have power to dictate where a private business can locate. The NLRB alleges that Boeing punished union workers in Washington state for past strikes by opening a new plant in right-to-work South Carolina. Boeing denies the allegations.Unions say the bill would gut worker protection laws.But the bill isn't expected to get a vote in the Democratic-controlled Senate, which it must pass to become law.