Boeing’s hourly employees in South Carolina rejected union representation today. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers was hoping to represent the roughly 3,000 eligible to vote in the election. Just ) over 2,800 voted and the results were not even close: 74% of votes cast (2,097 out of 2,828) were to reject the unionization of the workforce.
IAM Boeing South Carolina unionization vote fails 2097 to 731.
— Jon Ostrower (@jonostrower) February 16, 2017
The IAMAW released a statement earlier this evening:
“We’re disappointed the workers at Boeing South Carolina will not yet have the opportunity to see all the benefits that come with union representation” said IAM lead organizer Mike Evans. “But more than anything, we are disheartened they will have to continue to work under a system that suppresses wages, fosters inconsistency and awards only a chosen few.”
Boeing’s statement was focused on moving forward with the 787 production:
“We will continue to move forward as one team,” said Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of BSC. “We have a bright future ahead of us and we’re eager to focus on the accomplishments of this great team and to developing new opportunities.
The massive defeat for the Union could have carry-over effects in Washington state as Boeing will move towards a new “middle of market” aircraft in the next couple years. With a labor contract in Seattle set through 2024 the nonunion workforce in Charleston will seem might attractive for final assembly of that new aircraft.
— Seth Miller (@WandrMe) February 16, 2017
Also, I cannot get over the spread in the vote. The IAMAW can try again in no less than 12 months. After a defeat this large I do wonder if they’d wait longer. Probably not, but I wonder.
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