NEW – Added January 25, 2017
Teammates in the following job codes have been determined to be members of the voting population: Aircraft Machinists (DCTB), Aircraft Painters (DCTJ), Assemblers (DAJX), Equipment Maintenance Specialists (DATK), Fabrication Specialists (DCTL), Facility Plant Maintenance Specialists (8AAN), Flight Readiness Technicians (DEJ1), Product Acceptance Specialists (JADC), Production Coordinators (ECBV), Tool & Fixture Specialists (DHTM) and NDT Quality Test Specialists (JACU) employed by Boeing at the North Charleston 787 Dreamliner production, fabrication and assembly facilities and at the Interiors Responsibility Center (IRC) and the Propulsion South Carolina facilities.
What would happen if the union is voted in? Would we keep our existing pay and benefits? Would we still have things like the Performance-based Incentive program? Would processes like Shift Preference and Teammate Movement stay the same? What would happen to the current team leads that have been voted in by teammates? Would they lose their positions?
“Members who fail to pay their dues, assessments, or other fees within the periods required by this Constitution or the bylaws of the L.L. or D.L. will be subject to automatic cancellation of membership. Members who are not in good standing are not entitled to any voice or vote or participation in any of the affairs of the G.L. or any of its subordinate bodies except as otherwise ARTICLE II 9 permitted under this Constitution.” (Source: IAM 2013 Constitution, page 30)
You’d have to pay union dues, and any additional assessments or fees levied.
- Only dues paying members are allowed to vote on whether to accept the negotiated contract or go on strike.
- Only dues paying members are allowed to vote on union officers and shop stewards.
DO NOT send a copy of the letter to any Company supervisors or managers. We do not want to know who signed a card or who has made the confidential decision to revoke their card. That is up to you.
I would like to address one of the questions above concerning "right to work" state. The answer stated that I would not be forced to join the union. I was offered a position in Washington but was told that I would have to join the IAM for the job and of course start at the bottom (which was only 12.75 an hour). I declined at the time. Does that mean that Boeing in Washington is a "closed shop"?
Washington State is not a Right to Work state, and as such joining the union is a mandatory condition of employment. This is what is commonly referred to as a “closed shop.”
In a Right to Work state, such as South Carolina, employees cannot be compelled to join a union. However, if a union is in place or is voted in, then that union is the exclusive representative for all employees in the voting group, regardless of whether one has joined the union or not. This means that any contract negotiated by the union would apply to everyone in the voting group.
Pay & Benefits
Union Dues / Fines and Assessments
Layoffs and Strikes
Who is the IAM?
The IAM is the same union that wanted to prevent South Carolina from even building 787s. In March 2010, they filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board challenging Boeing’s decision to put 787 Final Assembly & Delivery in South Carolina.They even stated publicly that they thought we didn’t have the ability to build a plane here in South Carolina.
The IAM represents more than 35,000 members in the Puget Sound region of Washington state. If they were to be successful in unionizing BSC, membership in South Carolina would equal only about 7% of the Puget Sound membership. Whose interests do you think they would protect most – South Carolina’s or thousands of dues- paying members in other states?
Boeing South Carolina
Boeing South Carolina does not currently offer public tours. However, students in grades 5-12 in school districts throughout South Carolina are invited to participate in the Boeing South Carolina DreamLearners program. The mission of DreamLearners is to enhance student and teacher awareness of Boeing South Carolina through experiential learning and exposure to business and industry, inspiring the next generation of Boeing South Carolina teammates.
The program takes place in our Tour Balcony overlooking the production floor of the 787 Final Assembly building and includes the following:
· An understanding of what we do at Boeing South Carolina
· An introduction to the 787 Dreamliner and aerodynamics
· A visual tour of the 787 production process
· Airplane building exercise
The DreamLearners program and paper airplane building activity covers approved, grade-appropriate academic standards in Math and Science.
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