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Boeing Workers Vote Overwhelmingly Against Unionization

Seventy-four percent of eligible employees said “no” to forming a union in their North Charleston, South Carolina plant…

Boeing Plant Union Vote

Boeing workers overwhelming shot down an attempt to unionize a plant in South Carolina on Wednesday. CNN has the details:

According to a company statement, more than 2,000 of the nearly 3,000 Boeing workers at the plant eligible to vote in the closely watched election voted against the union, and only a bit more than 700 members voted yes.

To be exact, the opposition to unionization received 2,097 of 2,828 votes, or 74 percent.

Manufacturers have been targeting South Carolina, and the South more generally, because “the region is strongly anti-union.” Wednesday’s vote could encourage more companies to move manufacturing facilities to the South.

Earlier this month, the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce in Charleston, where the workers voted, wrote an op-ed in the Post and Courier against unionization:

A “no” vote doesn’t guarantee continued growth in South Carolina, but the last seven years have shown that Boeing South Carolina is capable of incredible success. We don’t want to have what happened in Wichita happen here. Vote for Boeing and vote for our future.

President Trump is expected to visit the North Charleston plant on Friday to witness the unveiling of Boeing’s first 787-10 Dreamliner. The company said they have already received 149 orders for the new model, and it’s expected to be delivered starting in 2018.