“Promises of unionization from the IAM aren't all they're cracked up to be,” tweeted the official Twitter account for Boeing South Carolina on Tuesday, a caution that was accompanied by a short video on bargaining as a micro-unit, as well as the hashtag #BSCVoteNo.
The words and multimedia were delivered in response to a May 21 decision by the National Labor Relations Board to permit a collective-bargaining election to move forward for a group of workers at the Chicago-based aerospace manufacturer’s North Charleston, S.C., manufacturing plant.
The workers, approximately 180 flight-line readiness technicians and technician inspectors, are slated to vote May 31 on whether to be represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. These workers represent about 6% of Boeing South Carolina, according to the company.
For its part, the IAM is promoting a petition to show Boeing workers support. “Sign the pledge now to tell working people at Boeing that we have their backs,” it says on the website hosting the pledge.