U.S. Senators Call on Boeing to Negotiate with Machinists Union in South Carolina

WASHINGTON, D.C., Aug. 29, 2018 – Twenty-three U.S. Senators, led by Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio), are urging the Boeing Co. to respect the decision of Flight Line Technicians in South Carolina who voted on May 31, 2018 to join the Machinists Union (IAM).

Boeing has refused to bargain with 180 workers at its North Charleston, S.C. manufacturing facility who chose by a 2-1 margin to join the IAM. The Machinists Union represents 35,000 Boeing workers across North America.

“We oppose these efforts to deny these workers their right to union representation, and we urge Boeing to drop its appeal and immediately begin collective bargaining with its workers through their selected union representative,” reads the letter.

Read the entire letter here.

“I want to thank each of these Senators for standing up for the rights of working people,” said Machinists Union International President Robert Martinez Jr. “We hope this effort will encourage Boeing to finally negotiate with its South Carolina Flight Line and agree on a contract that will make the company and the entire aerospace industry stronger.”