Aprill 21, 2015
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers announced April 17 that it was withdrawing its effort to have Boeing workers in South Carolina vote on whether to join the union. "An atmosphere of threats, harassment and unprecedented political interference has intimidated workers to the point we don't believe a free and fair election is possible,” said Machinists lead organizer Mike Evans.
"I hold the Boeing Company, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and their surrogates responsible for creating an atmosphere of state-sanctioned hostility toward unions and union organizers.” The union, which had visited more than half the 3,200 production workers at the company’s North Charleston plants in anticipation of the April 22 vote, suspended the home visits after two organizers were threatened at gunpoint, he added. The withdrawal means the union can’t schedule another vote for at least six months. Read more