The National Labor Relations Board has formally dropped its legal challenge against Boeing over a nonunion plant the aviation giant opened in South Carolina -- a move met with jeers by Republicans who long described the case as "frivolous" and anti-business.
The decision, announced Friday by the board's top attorney, comes after the Machinists union approved a 4-year contract extension with Boeing. As part of that deal, the union agreed to withdraw its charge that the company violated federal labor laws.
"This is the outcome we have always preferred," Lafe Solomon, the board's acting general counsel, said in a statement.
The NLRB counsel had originally challenged Boeing's decision to open the South Carolina plant, with the union claiming the company did so in retaliation for past strikes in Washington state. Under the recent deal, Boeing promised to build the new version of its 737 airplane in Washington state...