Chamber leader says Boeing vote will benefit region

In an Op-Ed piece, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Bryan Derreberry said a Feb. 15 "no" vote on having Boeing's eligible assembly workers unionize will benefit the region.


Bryan Derreberry said a Feb. 15 "no" vote on having Boeing's eligible assembly workers unionize will benefit the region.   File photo

In an Op-Ed piece, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Bryan Derreberry said a Feb. 15 "no" vote on having Boeing's eligible assembly workers unionize will benefit the region.

"Boeing’s facility in Wichita (Kansas) was unionized," Derreberry wrote. "The union told employees prior to the vote many of the same things they are saying here in Charleston — that they could guarantee higher wages, more team input into the work environment and that employees would be much better off economically as a result of joining the union.

"The work that was performed in Wichita moved to San Antonio, Oklahoma City and the Seattle area. Thousands of Boeing employees in Wichita lost their jobs in Wichita. Future generations promised jobs by the union would never materialize."

Derreberry believes a "no"' vote does not guarantee continue growth in South Carolina.

"But the last seven years have shown that Boeing South Carolina is capable of incredible success," Derreberry said in his piece. "We don’t want to have what happened in Wichita happen here."

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