Boeing Charleston Facility

Group of South Carolina Boeing Workers to Vote on Union Representation

May 23, 2018
Approximately 180 flight-line readiness technicians and technician inspectors will vote May 31 whether to join the International Association of Machinists.

“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.

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