Boeing (NYSE: BA) has been notified by the National Labor Relations Board (NRLB) that the International Association of Machinists (IAM) has filed a third petition in less than three years seeking to unionize Boeing South Carolina (BSC), the company said.
This petition is limited exclusively to the flight line teammates, a tactic commonly referred to as “micro-unit” organizing.
“This union refuses to hear the clear message our team has voiced repeatedly,” said Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina. “Now they want to pit our teammates directly against each other. The company will challenge this filing because we strongly believe that the IAM´s attempt to isolate our flight line teammates is unreasonable and is prohibited by federal law.”
In the days ahead, the company will file its legal challenge and the NRLB will determine if the petition will proceed as filed. There will be no election scheduled until the NLRB resolves the legal challenge. In 2017, the union lost its second bid to unionize the site when approximately 74 percent of the voters cast a “no” ballot.
Information about Boeing South Carolina and the issues at hand during this process can be found at www.WeAreBoeingSC.com and on the We Are Boeing SC Facebook page.