Boeing’s Bastion in South Carolina Breached by Union in Rare Win (1)

May 31, 2018, 8:59 PMUpdated: May 31, 2018, 10:29 PM

Boeing Co. technicians voted to form the first collective bargaining unit at the planemaker’s factory in South Carolina, scoring a rare victory for organized labor in a state traditionally hostile to unions.

The “micro-unit” will represent more than 170 flight-line workers, a small subset of the 7,000 mechanics who build Boeing 787 Dreamliners in North Charleston. But the result gives the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers a foothold in a so-called right-to-work state. Boeing said it would challenge the election, contending it was in violation of U.S. labor law.

“Boeing continues to believe that this type of micro-unit ...

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