The Boeing facility, employing 178 technicians, makes 787 Dreamliner jets.
The Wall Street Journal has reported, Boeing’s workers at its South Carolina plant are set to vote on union representation later this month.
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that 178 technicians at the Boeing facility, which produces the 787 Dreamliner jets in North Charleston, can vote to join the International Association of Machinists union.
The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) said the NLRB issued a decision finding the technicians an “appropriate bargaining unit” and has set an election date for May 31.
“The National Labor Relations Board spoke loud and clear against Boeing’s delay tactics and ruled in favor of the right to form or join a union,” said Mike Evans, IAM Lead Boeing SC Organizer.
The development comes a year after 74% of Boeing’s 2,800 hourly staff at its South Carolina plant voted against joining an union.
Incidentally, South Carolina is one of the states which has the lowest proportion of union workers at 2.6% in 2017; further, it also bar unions from requiring workers to join up as a condition of employment.
“Boeing is disappointed in this decision and will appeal the ruling,” said the company in a statement.
“Our position on this issue has not changed: we strongly believe that this micro-unit is prohibited under federal labor law and is not in the best interests of our teammates, our site or our community,” said Boeing.
The National Labor Relations Board was not immediately available for comment.