• Workers at Boeing's South Carolina Plant Reject Efforts to Unionize
  • April 17, 2017
  • Law Firm: Breazeale Sachse Wilson L.L.P. - Baton Rouge Office
  • Production workers at the South Carolina Boeing plant overwhelmingly rejected unionization efforts days before President Donald Trump was set to visit the facilities. According to Boeing, of the 2,800 votes cast, 74 percent were against representation by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Lead Machinist organizer Mike Evans said the workers will dictate what happens next, but the National Labor Relations Board rules require a one year wait before another union vote. Boeing had vigorously campaigned against unionization across the Charleston area where the facility is located. The rejection came as no surprise in a state that is avidly anti-union. Only about 52,000 of South Carolina's workers have union representation according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2016 figures. Other big name manufacturers like BMW and Michelin are based in the state and neither are unionized.