Machinists union withdraws bid unionize Boeing plant

An election to form a union at Boeing's North Charleston, South Carolina, facility was canceled after the International Association of Machinists (IAM) withdrew its petition, Boeing said Friday.

The election had been scheduled to be held Wednesday. IAM cannot submit another petition to seek unionization at the for Boeing facility for at least six months.

IAM said it would withdraw the petition it did not have the support of Boeing's South Carolina employees.

Boeing South Carolina Vice President and General Manager Beverly Wyse credited the company's employees with making the past months of union talk less stressful for all involved.

“I want to thank the team for their patience and professionalism throughout this process," she said.

Wyse said the Boeing team displayed "passion, spirit and determination to move forward together. 

“We now have the opportunity to make Boeing South Carolina and our local community an even better place to work and live," Wyse said. "And that’s what we’re going to do — together.”

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