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Solidarity For IAM Members At Boeing South Carolina - Boeing Engages In Campaign Of Intimidation Against Flight Line Workers, Most Notably Six IAM Members Who’ve Been ‘Unjustly’ Terminated

Published Friday, January 11, 2019
by IAM News
Solidarity For IAM Members At Boeing South Carolina - Boeing Engages In Campaign Of Intimidation Against Flight Line Workers, Most Notably Six IAM Members Who’ve Been ‘Unjustly’ Terminated

(NORTH CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA) – The “unjust” terminations of six International Association of Machinists (IAM)-represented Workers employed at Boeing’s South Carolina Plant have rallied IAM Members, elected officials and others throughout the Nation to show solidarity for the Workers, said IAM District 751 Representatives, who added that a GoFundMe page has been started for the six and has raised more than $30,000 in just five days to help them get through this difficult period.

“My family has been amazed by what all of you have done for us,” wrote Rich Mester, one of the six IAM Members who was unjustly terminated just before the Holiday Season. “All of you should know the love and support has made an impact on me and my family.”

U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown (Democrat-Ohio) and Bernie Sanders (Independent-Vermont) wrote a letter to Boeing urging the company to stop any efforts to intimidate, harass or terminate their Employees as an effort to undermine their Federally-protected right to join a Union.  “It is alarming that instead of negotiating with the IAMAW, Boeing has instead pursued a campaign of intimidation against the Flight Readiness Technicians,” wrote the Senators.

“The Machinists Union has always been a critical part of Boeing’s accomplishments,” IAM International President Bob Martinez said. “We’re proud that (35,000) IAM Members make Boeing one of the most successful and largest aerospace companies in the world.  I want to thank Senators Brown and Sanders for standing up for Machinists Union members at Boeing South Carolina.  The facts will show that these dedicated and experienced Flight Line Workers were unjustly terminated.  Boeing South Carolina Machinists members will not be intimidated.  The Machinists Union will continue its fight for the rights of Boeing Workers in South Carolina.”

Flight Line Technicians in South Carolina voted on May 31st, 2018 to join the IAM.

Since then, Boeing has refused to negotiate with 178 Workers at its manufacturing facility.

To Directly Access This Labor News Report, Go To: www.goiam.org/news/solidarity-for-iam-members-at-boeing-south-carolina/?fbclid=IwAR381jPagwuZFV6Es7JPagKvWnTeKGYNwt1HgOocGminvkJg1kSPXhRKr0A

And For More Read: Machinists Say Boeing Fired Workers Over Union Membership By The Associated Press And Bernie Sanders Accuses Boeing Of Harassing, Firing North Charleston Workers From The Charleston (South Carolina) Post and Courier

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