Boeing workers at the North Charleston 787 assembly plant have voted against representation by the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers (IAM). The vote was open to approximately 3,000 Boeing employees and was held under the auspices of the National Labor Relations Board. It is understood that 74% of the 2,828 who voted were against joining IAM.
IAM’s Mike Evans is quoted as saying: “We’re disappointed the workers at Boeing South Carolina will not yet have the opportunity to see all the benefits that come with union representation. But more than anything, we are disheartened they will have to continue to work under a system that suppresses wages, fosters inconsistency and awards only a chosen few.”
“We will continue to move forward as one team,” said Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina. “We have a bright future ahead of us and we’re eager to focus on the accomplishments of this great team and to developing new opportunities. “Friday we will mark the most recent incredible accomplishment in the proud history of the BSC team with the rollout of the first 787-10,” said Robinson-Berry. “It is great to have this vote behind us as we come together to celebrate that event.” It will be another year before further voting will be allowed, under NLRB rules.
Australian sustainable aviation fuel industry receives massive boost with major investment
The Australian sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) industry has received a massive boost with a major joint investment. A Queensland biofuel refinery being jointly developed by Jet Zero Australia and LanzaJet is to receive investment from Qantas Group, Airbus, and the Queensland Government. The refinery is looking to produce SAF from agricultural by-products, including sugar cane.