Thursday, February 16, 2017

Boeing workers nix union

Workers at a Boeing plant in South Carolina soundly rejected a drive to unionize, with almost three-quarters of workers at the aircraft factory rejecting union representation. It was the first vote at the North Charleston plant and a high-profile test for organized labor in a strongly anti-union state. The National Labor Relations Board said 74 percent of the 2,828 workers who cast ballots Wednesday at locations throughout the plant voted against joining the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The plant builds 787 Dreamliners for the Chicago-based company. (Sources: Reuters, ABCNews, Washington Post, 02/15/17) Gulf Coast note: The Airbus A320 assembly line in Mobile, Ala., is also non-union.