March 10, 2016
By Steven Wishnia and Neal Tepel
North Charleston, SC – The International Association of Machinists is building up for another attempt to organize Boeing’s South Carolina factories. The union ran radio ads during last month’s presidential primary, and has just put up a billboard on a highway.
IAM organizer Mike Evans told the Seattle Times that the union, which cancelled a certification vote last April, will seek a new election as soon as more than half of the about 3,300 production workers either sign authorization cards or fill out forms on the union’s Web site. “We’re unfairly compensated for what we do,” said a pro-union worker who asked not to be identified for fear of company retaliation. Boeing management is committed to keeping its South Carolina plants “union-free,” backed by Gov. Nikki Haley. Newer workers there average only about $1 an hour less than union workers at Boeing’s Seattle-area factories, but union workers with six years on the job will make about $16 more by 2018. Read more