Following talks last month with the US National Labor Relations Board the OEM had agreed to hold an election on April 22 giving workers the chance to vote on unionising the site, however, this has now been cancelled with the IAM citing a “toxic environment” at the site.
“After speaking with Boeing workers who we were previously unable to reach, we’ve determined now is not the right time for an election,” said lead IAM organiser Mike Evans.
“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.”
Boeing, meanwhile, thanked workers for their “passion, spirit and determination to move forward together”.
The IAM’s withdrawal means that another election cannot be scheduled for at least six months.