Boeing seeks more space to spread wings in future

The S.C. Research Authority campus that Boeing Co. is interested in leasing is the cluster of smaller buildings directly above the main 787 assembly plant (center) being built at Charleston International Airport.

A powerful pro-business lobbying group has filed a lawsuit in Charleston against the National Labor Relations Board to block a new rule requiring employers to post notices that explain employees' rights to unionize.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's federal lawsuit alleges that the NLRB rule violates federal labor and regulatory laws as well as the First Amendment. It was filed Monday.

"The NLRB has no authority to impose any of these requirements," said Robin Conrad, executive vice president of the National Chamber Litigation Center, the chamber's public policy law firm. "This is nothing more than labor regulation run amok. Adding insult to injury, the board's new rule violates the First Amendment by forcing employers to use their own resources to post the NLRB's pro-union message on the company's own property."

It was not immediately clear why the chamber filed the case in Charleston, which has been at the center of political firestorm that erupted after NLRB sued Boeing Co. for alleged labor law violations.

The agency filed a lawsuit against the aircraft maker in April, saying the company built its newly opened 787 assembly plant at a nonunion site in North Charleston as an illegal form of payback against International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers for past strikes in Washington state.

The NLRB is seeking to move the South Carolina production line and the 787 jobs to the Seattle area.

Boeing has denied the allegations.

For mode details, see Wednesday's editions of The Post and Courier.