Tue, Jun 14, 2011
Company Says Union Request "Beyond Reasonable"
With a hearing on a labor-law complaint looming next week at the
National Labor Relations Board, the International Association of
Machinists and Aerospace Workers union proposed a settlement to
Boeing in an effort to organize workers at the new facility. But
the planemaker rejected the offer out of hand, saying that the
request "went well beyond what we would consider reasonable."
Boeing SC Assembly Plant Aerial View
The Wall Street Journal reports that a Boeing spokesperson said
that the union wanted the company to guarantee work at its union
shops, including one in the Puget Sound region. However, specific
details of the proposal have not been disclosed.
Boeing has consistantly held that it is violating no labor laws
by opening the new assembly plant for the Dreamliner in
right-to-work South Carolina. And while a company spokesperson said
last week that no negotiations were currently ongoing or scheduled,
the company was "answering the phones."
The machinists say that Boeing's choice of South Carolina, which
has labor laws more favorable to non-union employers, for the
second 787 assembly plant is a retaliation against the union for
strikes in the company's union shops in Washington State. The
company says it has a right to open a plant where ever it chooses,
and is prepared to take its case as far as the U.S. Supreme Court
Meanwhile, the South Carolina assembly plant officially opened Friday.
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