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Boeing's North Charleston plant votes on union

 

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The morning round of voting has concluded among South Carolina Boeing workers considering if they want representation by a union.

 

The first of two voting shifts wrapped up around midmorning at the aviation giant's North Charleston facilities.

 

Nearly 3,000 production workers are eligible to vote in the election to determine if they'll be represented by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. The union initially petitioned for a vote in 2015 but called off that election because of what the union called a toxic atmosphere and political interference.

 

Machinists spokesman Jonathan Battaglia says the union feels Boeing workers are "ready to make history" with the vote.

 

Boeing came to South Carolina in part because of the state's minuscule union presence. Labor experts say a "yes" vote would have repercussions throughout the South, potentially inspiring other workers to think about unionizing.

 

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