Boeing was informed on March 16 that the International Association of Machinists (IAM) union has petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union election at the company's North Charleston, S.C., facilities.
"Boeing South Carolina teammates have done what so many people said couldn't be done," Beverly Wyse, Boeing South Carolina's newly appointed vice president and general manager, said. "And they did it by working together, engaging every day, and truly committing themselves to the success of our site. And let's be really clear, the IAM was not part of this success -- it was our BSC teammates. In fact, the IAM aggressively opposed it, as publicly demonstrated by their filing of a claim with the National Labor Relations Board, to try to keep our site from even opening. Now, simply by filing this petition, the same union that tried to take our jobs and our work, has already begun to divide our team at a time when we're just beginning to gel and catch a solid rhythm in production."
Boeing has indicated that it believes the formation of a union is not the best course of action for South Carolina teammates, families, communities and the state of South Carolina as a whole.
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