Boeing's North Charleston plant votes 'NO' on unionization

Implications Of Today's Boeing Union Vote

"Friday we will mark the most recent incredible accomplishment in the proud history of the BSC team with the rollout of the first 787-10", said Robinson-Berry.

The vote means that Boeing's complex assembling 787s and engineering propulsion systems for the 737 Max will remain non-unionised for now, but IAM remains committed to organising the site.

The vote was the latest reverse for the already-shrinking US labor movement, which on Thursday faces a state house vote on making New Hampshire the first right-to-work state in the Northeast, a measure that would ban mandatory union fees.

However, given that 74 percent of those casting ballots voted "no" to the union, a vote in 2018 now seems unlikely, and several local news organizations reported Thursday that the IAM plans to close their North Charleston office.

"We will continue to move forward as one team", Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president in charge of Boeing South Carolina, said in the post.

Opposition from local politicians and President Trump's recent propaganda may be the cause of such fervent resistance on forming unions in the state of SC.

The Machinists initially tried to unionize the plant in 2015 but called off that vote because of what the union called a toxic atmosphere and political interference.

"Haley said SC doesn't want or need unions", said Shaiken.

Now that the union has been vanquished, preparations for Trump's visit have taken on the air of a victory lap.

President Trump in his electoral campaign emphasised on domestic manufacturing, particularly concentrating on Boeing.

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster, Boeing President and CEO Dennis Muilenburg and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Kevin McAllister will also speak at the event. The company emphasized the cost of union dues, about $800 a year, as well as the risk that the workers could be caught up in a strike they opposed.

Boeing says the union is not needed because it is a divisive force that picks fights with management, makes promises it can not keep and leads workers out on costly strikes.

In the days ahead of the vote Boeing employees gathered to hear from Union leaders on why they should vote to organize in a state where union membership is the lowest in the country. The loss could further encourage other manufacturers to open union-free plants in the South.

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