The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) filed a petition on Monday with the National Labor Relations Board to hold an election at Boeing's North Charleston, S.C., plant, where the more-than-2,400 production employees would decide whether to form a union.
The petition is the result of enough Boeing employees signing authorization cards indicating an interest in seeking union representation. The Boeing employees contacted the IAM with complaints about several workplace issues, including overtime, fair wages and lack of respect on the shop floor.
“We’re trying to build a better life for ourselves, our families and our community,” four-year Boeing employee Gerald Guerena said. “We feel the best way to do this is with a collective bargaining agreement that allows us to negotiate with the company over wages, benefits, safety procedures and more.”
Efforts to form a union have been met with resistance from Boeing management and outside political forces. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, in her recent State of the State address, was critical of the IAM and Boeing employees seeking union representation.
“Boeing workers have a legal right to an election process that is free of intimidation and harassment,” IAM lead organizer Mike Evans said.
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