On December 9, 2011, Acting General Counsel Lafe Solomon announced that the National Labor Relations Board was dismissing the charge filed by the Machinist Union against Boeing Company. The charge was filed earlier in the year alleging that Boeing moved work to South Carolina because of bias against union workers. The NLRB issued a complaint in April and a hearing was held before an Administrative Judge in June. The union requested that the charge be withdrawn after the ratification of a 4-year collective bargaining agreement with Boeing earlier in the week. The judge presiding over the case dismissed the complaint and remanded it to the regional office in Seattle where it was closed.