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United States : Brown: Union Representation Would Help Address Safety Concerns at SC Boeing Plant.

This weekend, a New York Times report found that Boeing pushed its workforce to quickly turn out Dreamliners while ignoring safety issues raised by employees and, at times, harassed, intimidated and even fired those employees who raised production quality concerns. Following this report, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said union representation is necessary to change Boeings corporate culture, and the company should accept union card check neutrality for the employees at the North Charleston plant as part of efforts to improve product safety.

Your employees are critical to producing high-quality, safe planes, and they should be included in decisions regarding production quality and timing, Brown wrote in his letter. Union representation would facilitate a productive exchange between workers and management and would ensure workers are protected from retaliation when they raise concerns about the production process.

Brown has been urging Boeing to address its company culture that allows for the intimidation, harassment, and even termination of employees who exercise their federally protected right to join a union. In June of last year, Boeing flight readiness technicians in North Charleston, South Carolina elected to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW), and proceeded to select representatives to ensure their voices are heard at the negotiating table. However, Boeing continued to challenge this election and instead pursued a campaign of intimidation against the flight readiness technicians. In fact, six of the technicians were terminated at the plant. Brown urged Boeing to drop these tactics, reinstate the six terminated workers, recognize their chosen representative in the IAMAW, and begin collective bargaining immediately.

In August 2018, Brown led a group of 23 Senators in urging Boeing to drop its appeal of the election where Boeing flight technicians in North Charleston successfully elected union leadership to represent their interests. In that letter, Brown called Boeings attempt to appeal the 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.

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