Feb. 15, 2017, (c) Leeham Co.: It wasn’t even close: 74% percent of the Boeing hourly touch-labor workers at the 787 plant in North Charleston (SC) voted against the International Association of Machinists to represent them.
It’s a humiliating defeat for the IAM that will have negative repercussions for IAM 751 in the Seattle-Everett (WA) area.
Boeing will be able to continue to hold non-union Charleston over Seattle’s IAM when it comes time to select the site for the New Mid-range Airplane (NMA) for the Middle of the Market sector. LNC calls this the 7M7.
Program launch for the NMA is widely expected next year. Site selection could come next year or in 2019.
IAM 751’s contract goes through 2024. Boeing will no doubt, as it has in the past, hold out assembling the 7M7 in Everett in exchange for more contract concessions and extending the contract beyond 2024.
Boeing will certainly ask Washington State for more incentives as well. Regardless, Boeing will compete the site across the US.
Boeing’s statement is below.
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb. 15, 2017 — Teammates at Boeing [NYSE:BA] South Carolina (BSC) have voted to reject the International Association of Machinists’ (IAM) attempt to unionize the site. A total of 2,828 teammates of the approximately 3,000 eligible to vote cast ballots, with 74 percent (2,097) voting in support of the company.
“We will continue to move forward as one team,” said Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of BSC. “We have a bright future ahead of us and we’re eager to focus on the accomplishments of this great team and to developing new opportunities.
“Friday we will mark the most recent incredible accomplishment in the proud history of the BSC team with the rollout of the first 787-10,” said Robinson-Berry. “It is great to have this vote behind us as we come together to celebrate that event.”