AP: Black SC lawmakers asking about Boeing hiring

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U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., speaks while South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, right, listens during the dedication of Boeing Co.’s $750 million final assembly plant in North Charleston, S.C. on Friday, June 10, 2011. Haley and state officials have joined
Black lawmakers want to make sure minorities get a fair chance at jobs at Boeing’s new assembly line in South Carolina.

The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. —Black lawmakers want to make sure minorities get a fair chance at jobs at Boeing’s new assembly line in South Carolina.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports state Sen. Robert Ford, a Democrat and member of the Legislative Black Caucus, has written Boeing president Jim McNerney.

The company plans to build a North Charleston assembly plant to make 787 jetliners.

Ford says blacks have disproportionately suffered job losses in the state because of the recession. The caucus wants to know about Boeing’s hiring plans and its track record of hiring minorities and women.

Boeing expects to create 3,800 assembly jobs and 2,000 construction jobs.

Ford did not immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

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