NLRB finds unit at Boeing plant not appropriate for union election

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has reached its decision on "The Boeing Company and International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers" (10-RC-215878; 368 NLRB No. 67) case wherein the petitioned-for unit at Boeing’s South Carolina plant that was limited to only two job classifications within an aircraft production line was not an appropriate unit for purposes of conducting a union election.

The recently released decision resolves a petition filed by the International Association of Machinists Union for a unit of approximately 178 mechanics out of a workforce totaling more than 2700 employees. The company argued that the mechanics – flight-line readiness technicians and flight-line readiness technician inspectors – must be included in the larger community of workers at the aircraft production plant where the Company’s 787 Dreamliner is built, in which the board noted that the mechanics did not share an internal community of interest, and did not have sufficiently distinct interests from those employees excluded from the petitioned-for unit. 

Furthermore, the NLRB finds that there were no appropriate-unit guidelines specific to the employer’s industry. 

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