WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today led a group of 22 Senators in urging Boeing to drop its appeal of an election where Boeing flight technicians successfully elected union leadership to represent their interests. In June, Boeing flight readiness technicians elected to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), and they have now selected representatives to ensure their voices are heard at the negotiating table. The Senators called Boeing’s attempt to appeal this election and undermine its results an attack on workers’ rights to have their voices heard, and said Boeing should instead immediately begin its contract negotiations with workers through their elected representation.

“Instead of respecting its workers’ choice, Boeing has appealed the election and challenged the legitimacy of the bargaining unit. We oppose these efforts to deny these workers their right to union representation, and we urge Boeing to drop its appeal and immediately begin collective bargaining with its workers through their selected union representative,” the Senators wrote in their letter.

In June, Brown led a group of Senators in congratulating Boeing’s flight readiness technicians in South Carolina for voting to join the International Association of Machinists (IAM). At that time, the Senators urged Boeing leadership to accept the vote results and begin contract negotiations quickly.

Brown penned this letter to Boeing alongside Senators Bernard Sanders, Maria Cantwell, Patty Murray, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Edward J. Markey, Chris Van Hollen, Brian Schatz, Cory A. Booker, Mazie K. Hirono, Richard Blumenthal, Robert P. Casey Jr., Jeffrey A. Merkley, Kirsten Gillibrand, Catherine Cortez Masto, Debbie Stabenow, Christopher Murphy, Ron Wyden, Robert Menendez, Gary C. Peters, Benjamin L. Cardin, and Tom Udall.

A copy of their letter can be found below:

August 29, 2018

Dennis Muilenburg

Chairman, President and CEO

The Boeing Company

100 North Riverside

Chicago, Illinois 60606

Dear Mr. Muilenburg:

We write today to urge you to drop your appeal of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) certified bargaining unit and election victory of the flight technicians at your facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.  The IAMAW has been a critical part of Boeing’s long, successful history, and we urge you to recognize the union in South Carolina, just as you do in Washington State. 

The IAMAW has represented Boeing workers for more than 80 years, and, in that time, the company has grown to be the world’s largest aerospace company.  Boeing’s partnership with the Machinists union has produced the most cutting-edge airplanes from the 727 to the 787 in the last six decades.  More than 10,000 Boeing-built airplanes are in service globally, which is almost half of all airplanes in service in the world.  Boeing’s accomplishments would not have been possible without the skills, dedication, and ingenuity of the IAMAW members that build your planes. 

Despite opposition, the flight technicians at the South Carolina facility voted to join the IAMAW earlier this year.  Instead of respecting its workers’ choice, Boeing has appealed the election and challenged the legitimacy of the bargaining unit.  We oppose these efforts to deny these workers their right to union representation, and we urge Boeing to drop its appeal and immediately begin collective bargaining with its workers through their selected union representative. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Senator Sherrod Brown

Senator Bernard Sanders                   

Senator Maria Cantwell

Senator Patty Murray

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Senator Tammy Baldwin

Senator Edward J. Markey

Senator Chris Van Hollen

Senator Brian Schatz

Senator Cory A. Booker

Senator Mazie K. Hirono

Senator Richard Blumenthal

Senator Robert P. Casey Jr.

Senator Jeffrey A. Merkley

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto

Senator Debbie Stabenow

Senator Christopher Murphy

Senator Ron Wyden

Senator Robert Menendez     

Senator Gary C. Peters          

Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

Senator Tom Udall

 

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