Workers to Vote on ‘Micro Union’ at Boeing South Carolina Plant

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Reprinted from The New York Times by Reuters on May 31, 2018.

A small group of workers at Boeing Company’s South Carolina jetliner factory is voting on Thursday on whether to form a “micro union,” despite efforts by Boeing to challenge the election.

The National Labor Relations Board said last week that 178 Boeing flight-line readiness technicians and technician inspectors could lawfully take a vote on whether to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, and set the election for Thursday.

In a motion filed last week to the labor regulators, Boeing called the proposed bargaining unit “an artificially gerrymandered sub-set of employees.” …

NY Times 5/31

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