June 3, 2015
The National Labor Relations Board has dismissed the International Association of Machinists’ complaint that Boeing encouraged harassment and assaults against union supporters at its plant in North Charleston, South Carolina. The union said those threats were part of the “toxic atmosphere” that in April forced it to cancel a vote on unionizing by the plant’s 3,175 workers.
The NLRB’s Atlanta regional office found “insufficient evidence” that Boeing had violated federal law. “The NLRB concluded there was no evidence proving the individual who threatened IAM organizers with a gun was an agent of Boeing, or otherwise acting at the behest of Boeing,” IAM spokesperson Frank Larkin said May 26. “And since the online threats were veiled rather than explicit, and weren’t made directly by Boeing, the board dismissed the charges.” The union might appeal the decision, he added. Read more