Boeing South Carolina has given the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) the names and addresses of over 3,000 workers at its North Charleston production facilities who are eligibleon whether they want to be represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) union, the Charleston Post and Courier reported Wednesday.
The federal agency must compile the list as part of the April 22 election. The NLRB will then supply union officials with a copy of document. The deadline for filing the list was Tuesday. The IAM will use the list to encourage eligible workers to vote in favor of representation. That includes doing face-to-face visits at workers’ home or at the union’s office.
Those eligible to vote include all full-time and regular part-time production and maintenance workers at Boeing’s Dreamliner facility, as well as those at the company’s Interiors Responsibility Center and the newly opened Propulsion South Carolina plant.
The question on the April 22 ballot will call for a simple yes or no answer as to whether or not to be represented by the Machinists union. The results will be counted immediately after the last voting session, which is to end at 5 p.m. Challenges to the voting process could be filed afterward.
The IAM’s attempt to organize workers at the Boeing plant has been combative with both sides accusing the other of bending of the truth. Boeing and the union have bought radio advertisements and billboards and used websites and social media to get their viewpoints across. Governor Haley also stepped into the fray, calling the IAM a “bully” and “hypocrites” for a 2011 legal fight to stop Boeing from expanding into South Carolina over claims of labor law violations. She has vowed to fight against the union vote.
The IAM petitioned for a unionization vote at Boeing SC last month, getting what union officials called a “significant number” of Boeing workers to sign authorization cards expressing interest in union representation.
The IAM is the nation’s largest aerospace union, representing more than 35,000 Boeing workers at 24 locations nationwide.