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

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

Julie Johnsson
Julie Johnsson
Bloomberg News

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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