U.S. Senators ask Boeing to negotiate w/ SC workers who voted to join union

posted by Live 5 News Web Staff - 

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) -

A letter from 23 U.S. Senators is calling on Boeing to honor the decision of flight line workers in North Charleston who voted back in May to unionize. 

Boeing has yet to come to the bargaining table with the 180 workers with an appeal pending. The vote was 104 to 65 to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers. 

"The IAMAW has been a critical part of Boeing's long, successful history, and we urge you to recognize the union in South Carolina, just as you do in Washington State," the letter says in part. 

It's signed by Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Tom Udall and Richard Blumenthal among others.

"We continue to strongly believe that this micro-unit is prohibited under federal law and we are appealing to the NLRB under the established process," Boeing South Carolina spokesman Victor Scott said Thursday in a statement. "We do not intend to recognize the IAM as the lawful representative of our teammates while the appeal is pending. While the Flight Line appeal process unfolds, our teams and teammates will continue to build and deliver great airplanes, working closely together as we always have."

The Union currently represents 35,000 Boeing employees nationwide.

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