Published: Sep 15, 2011 6:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (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.

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