By Sahid Fawaz
Despite an overwhelming union victory, Boeing is rejecting the new union.
“Boeing Co. says it won’t negotiate with the union that a group of North Charleston workers voted to join in May until its appeal of the election is decided, a move that could spark retaliation by the International Association of Machinists.
Flight-line employees at the 787 Dreamliner campus voted 104-65 to have the IAM represent them in collective bargaining with the aerospace giant. The National Labor Relations Board certified the election last week, but Boeing said it plans to appeal an earlier NLRB decision that let the voting proceed in the first place.
‘We continue to strongly believe that this micro-unit is prohibited under federal law and we are appealing to the NLRB,’ Boeing said in a statement. ‘We do not intend to recognize the IAM as the lawful representative of our teammates while the appeal is pending.’
Boeing has two weeks from the June 12 election certification to file an appeal. No appeal had been filed as of Monday, according to the NLRB’s website.
Mike Evans, the IAM’s lead organizer in North Charleston, said Boeing was legally obligated to begin talks once certification took place. He said the union will file an unfair labor practices complaint against Boeing if the company refuses to negotiate.
‘We are the representative of those workers on the flight line and we will exercise every right we have to make sure those workers have the opportunity to exercise their right to bargain,’ Evans said. ‘Boeing ignores us at their own peril.'”
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