Unionising the Boeing South Carolina plant is not in the best interests of its staff or the local community, according to the OEM.
In response come after the International Association of Machinists (IAM) submitted a petition to the US National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to unionise the South Carolina site.
Beverly Wyse VP and general manager of Boeing South Carolina said IAM, which represents 35,000 Boeing workers throughout the US, “aggressively” opposed the decision to open the North Charleston site in 2009.
“Now, simply by filing this petition, the same union that tried to take our jobs and our work, has already begun to divide our team at a time when we're just beginning to gel and catch a solid rhythm in production," Wyse said.
“We think our Boeing South Carolina teammates deserve to pave their own future and keep their hard-earned money in their own pockets. In fact, they’ve been very successful doing just that for the past five years,” she said.
“They’ve built not only new airplanes, but also a new site, and new opportunities for an incredible future here in South Carolina by working together as a team, without the distractions of a union."
It is not yet known how many workers at the site have supported the petition but, dependent on what the NLRB find a vote could come in a matter of months.