After weeks of Boeing management scare tactics, intimidation and television and radio propaganda ads, 3,000 workers at the South Carolina 787 assembly plants will have their chance to join the IAM on Wednesday. A “Vote Yes” rally was held yesterday to give supporters a chance to come together and get factual answers to the lies Boeing management has been spreading.
A dozen U.S. Senators weighed in today with a joint statement of support IAM representation for the South Carolina workers.
Not only are the workers in the plant tired of Boeing’s anti-union television and radio ads, so are North Charleston residents. Read what they’ve had to say on social media.
The workers’ effort to join the IAM has garnered national attention. Read what is being said around the country:
- Post and Courier – Letter: Boeing Needs a Union – The approximately 3,000 production and maintenance workers who are eligible to vote on Feb. 15 are unfortunately not sharing in the success of Boeing’s North Charleston facility like they should.
- NPR – Years In The Making, Effort To Unionize S.C. Boeing Workers Comes To A Vote – You can’t drive anywhere in Charleston without being reminded of the upcoming vote at Boeing.
- Reuters – Boeing, machinists face off over union at South Carolina plant – Boeing Co faces its first union vote on Wednesday at its aircraft factory in South Carolina, a high-profile test for organized labor in the nation’s most strongly anti-union state.
- Nation – How a Union Vote in Charleston Could Change the Labor Movement in the South – Mike Evans has worked as an organizer for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) for more than two decades. He says he’s never had an organizing experience like he’s had in Charleston, South Carolina—home of a 6,000-worker Boeing plant.
- New York Times – Union Vote at Boeing Plant Tests Labor’s Sway Under Trump – Boeing came to South Carolina more than seven years ago to establish a second assembly line for its 787 Dreamliner aircraft. At least part of the attraction, analysts said, was the area’s lightly unionized labor force — giving the company more leverage over the union at its main operations outside Seattle.
- ABC News – Boeing workers, Machinists rally ahead of unionization vote – Two days before South Carolina Boeing employees vote on whether to join a union, workers gathered Monday to hear from union leaders why they should vote to organize in a state where union membership is the lowest in the country.
- Post and Courier – Boeing workers, Machinists union rally ahead of organized labor vote – Promising decent wages, respect and more consistency in the workplace, officials with the International Association of Machinists on Monday rallied supporters ahead of a vote this week at Boeing Co.’s 787 Dreamliner plant and other facilities in North Charleston.
Go to the Boeing Workers at South Carolina Facebook page and let them know you support them in their fight for union representation.