SPEEA vows to organize Charleston

If the Boeing Co. does decide to put a second 787 line in South Carolina — 2,990 miles away from its nearest operation — then look for large-scale Union drives to organize the workers at the new plant, an analyst said.

Leeham Co. analyst Scott Hamilton says officials at SPEEA — the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace — have told him they’ll immediately begin organizing any engineers hired for Boeing’s new Charleston operation, or any transfered in from outside.

“No further commentary is needed on this one,” Hamilton wrote.

SPEEA represents engineers and technical workers at Boeing plants in Puget Sound, and it also represents aerospace engineers in right-to-work states like Texas, Utah and Kansas, where it recently won significant contract gains in talks with Spirit AeroSystems.

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