Machinists Union postpones election at Boeing

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM) announced Friday morning it has withdrawn is petition for a union election at Boeing in North Charleston.

According to a release from IAM, the decision to withdraw the April 22 union election with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is because of a "toxic environment and gross violations of workers' lawful rights."

Earlier this week, Union spokesman Frank Larkin hinted at their being a possibility that the vote would be postponed. He said the decision would come down to feedback collected by IAM organizers.

IAM officials came to the decision following home visits with more than 1,700 Boeing workers, the release states.

Boeing South Carolina Vice President and General Manager Beverly Wyse released the following statement in reference to the withdrawal:

“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. 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.”

The decision to postpone the election will push the date for a future election forward by at least six months. Had Boeing workers rejected the union vote, it would be another year before a subsequent election could be held.

A petition for a union election was filed on March 16 after IAM officials say a "significant number" of Boeing employees expressed interest in union representation.

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