By Sahid Fawaz
South Carolina’s top politicians are interfering with Boeing workers’ recent decision to go union.
“Gov. Henry McMaster and the South Carolina Attorney General’s office are jumping into the middle of an organized labor dispute at Boeing Co.‘s North Charleston campus, calling flight line workers’ decision to join a union a threat to the state’s economy.
Robert Cook, solicitor general in the attorney general’s office, filed a document last week with the National Labor Relations Board supporting Boeing in its effort to overturn a ruling that let flight line workers vote on joining the International Association of Machinists union.
McMaster was joined by governors in Maine, Tennessee and Mississipi who filed a separate document this week supporting Boeing’s request.
‘It has been increasingly common for conservative politicians at the state level to interfere in private-sector labor relations issues,’ said Sue Schurman, a labor and employment expert at Rutgers University.”
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