March 30, 2015
The National Labor Relations Board has scheduled a union-authorization vote for April 22 at Boeing’s South Carolina aircraft plants. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has been trying to organize the 3,000 workers at the five factories, all in the Charleston area.
A success would be a major victory for the labor movement, as Gov. Nikki Haley is notoriously hostile to unions and Boeing is widely believed to have set up production in South Carolina in 2011 in order to use nonunion labor. Machinists District 751, which represents 33,000 Boeing workers on the West Coast, has sent members to help the organizing campaign, president Jon Holden said. Read more