MIAMI — The International Association of Mechanists (IAM) has withdrawn its petition to unionize Boeing’s South Carolina facilities which is the only nonunion Boeing plant. The news comes just days before an election was supposed to be held on Wednesday, April 22.
In a statement from Boeing announcing the withdrawal of IAM’s petition, the company points out that “The IAM has repeatedly stated that it would withdraw the petition if it lacked the support of Boeing South Carolina’s teammates.”
“I want to thank the team for their patience and professionalism throughout this process, but most importantly their passion, spirit and determination to move forward together,” said Beverly Wyse, vice president and general manager, Boeing South Carolina. “We now have the opportunity to make Boeing South Carolina and our local community an even better place to work and live. And that’s what we’re going to do–together.”
Last month, the IAM–Boeing’s biggest union–filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to call for a union vote which could have unionized more than 2,400 workers at the North Charleston plant which is the only nonunion Boeing plant.
The plant will be playing an important role in the near future for Boeing; it delivered its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to United Airlines last month, and last summer, it announced that the South Carolina plant will be the home of the 787-10.
In response to the filing, Beverly Wyse, Boeing South Carolina’s newly appointed vice president and general manager, explained last month that “Boeing South Carolina teammates have done what so many people said couldn’t be done. And they did it by working together, engaging every day, and truly committing themselves to the success of our site.”
Should the IAM wish to try to hold another election, it will not be able to for at least six months.
Earlier this month, IAM withdrew its application with the NLRB to call for a vote to unionize Delta’s Flight Attendants, due to many questionable cards.