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SC Union Battle Is On!




|| By FITSNEWS ||  The biggest organized labor battle in South Carolina history is officially “on.”

Less than two weeks after the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) filed its petition to hold an election at aircraft manufacturer Boeing’s heavily government subsidized North Charleston, S.C. facility, the union has received the green light.

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has approved the IAM petition – meaning it found that at least thirty percent of the Boeing workforce at the facility signed cards indicated their desire for an election to be held.

That decision sets up what one source called “the largest (union) campaign in South Carolina history.”

According to the NLRB, the election will be held on April 22.  Boeing’s employees will vote by secret ballot at five different locations on the company’s sprawling Palmetto campus – which has benefited from more than $1 billion in taxpayer-funded “incentives.”

Not only that, the election will involve more than 3,000 employees – not the 2,400 previously reported.

“The outcome of this vote will affect all of our futures, our community, and the future of manufacturing in South Carolina,” Boeing’s Palmetto State leader Beverly Wyse told employees this week, according to The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier – a rabidly pro-Boeing outlet.

Indeed, while South Carolina’s “legacy” media has snoozed on Boeing’s North Charleston production problems, FITS has been exposing a myriad of issues at the facility (including managerial incompetence) dating back for years.

Don’t believe us?  Read this article from November 2013 …

Additionally we first alerted our readers to the IAM unionization push last August (and updated them on the union’s building momentum in January and February).

Will “Big Labor” prevail?  Well, South Carolina is a diehard right-to-work state – boasting one of the lowest percentages of unionized workers in the nation (assuming we’re not counting all those government bureaucrats and educrats).

But Boeing hasn’t helped its case … not even a little bit.

The latest blow?  News of the company’s CEO receiving exorbitant executive compensation at a time when rank-and-file employees were denied bonuses.

Anyway, stay tuned for more from FITS on this fight … including a behind-the-scenes look at efforts to defeat the IAM unionization push.