SC Governor And AG Intervene After Boeing Workers Vote Yes To Unionize

By Sahid Fawaz

South Carolina’s top politicians are interfering with Boeing workers’ recent decision to go union.

The Post and Courier reports:

“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.

The filings show how politicized private-sector union votes have become in many states — particularly in the South — as they compete for high-profile manufacturing jobs. Boeing chose South Carolina for its second 787 Dreamliner assembly campus, in part, because the state has the lowest percentage of union workers nationwide.

‘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.”

For the rest of the story, visit The Post and Courier here.

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