On April 22, 3,000 Boeing employees in South Carolina were scheduled to vote on whether to join the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the union that represents their co-workers in Washington state. The vote was a big deal for the IAM; it fought hard against Boeing’s decision to build its 787 Dreamliner at the nonunion South Carolina plant after repeated strikes in Washington. But today, the union announced it’s withdrawing its election petition, meaning there won’t be a vote for at least six more months at the plant. That’s a victory for Boeing and for its biggest supporter: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.
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