A recent New York Times report on safety concerns in the 787 Dreamliner production line prompted Sen. Sherrod Brown (OH) to write a letter urging Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg to reconsider the companyâ€™s approach to quality control and safety lapses. Brownâ€™s letter also called on Boeing to adopt card check neutrality for all workers at the South Carolina plant as part of their response to the Dreamlinersâ€™ safety concerns.
Machinists Union International President Robert Martinez Jr. welcomed the support from Brown. Â
â€śI want to thank Sen. Sherrod Brown for sending a letter to Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg,â€ť said Martinez.Â â€śSen. Brown is a champion for working families and always stands up for the rights of working people.
â€śThe safety of the flying public and the people who build Boeing airplanes has always and will always be our No. 1 priority,â€ť said Martinez. â€śWe feel the best way to address safety and quality issues in the workplace is to create a culture of honest communication between labor and management. Our union has more than 80 yearâ€™s experience representing workers and partnering with Boeing, including during World War II, to produce industry-leading aircraft. When we unite, no worker in the world can outperform, or drive more innovation than workers right here at home.â€ť
The IAM represents more than 35,000 Boeing employees at locations nationwide. Flight readiness technicians and inspectors in South Carolina voted on May 31, 2018 to join the IAM. Since then, Boeing has refused to negotiate with the flight readiness technicians and inspectors at its North Charleston, SC manufacturing facility.