(ZeroHedge) Earlier this morning Trump announced that he was heading to Charleston, South Carolina “in order to spend time with Boeing and talk jobs!” and moments from now, at 1pm EST, he will take the stage to make some public comments following his visit.
The visit by Trump comes just days after employees of the South Carolina Boeing facility, which manufactures the 787 Dreamliner, made news on the jobs front with 74% of employees voting against unionization efforts by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Per Reuters:
Boeing handily defeated a union drive by workers at the company’s aircraft factory in South Carolina on Wednesday, as almost three-quarters of workers at the plant who voted rejected union representation.
The secret ballot vote, conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) at polling locations throughout the North Charleston plant, was the first for Boeing and a high-profile test for organized labor in the nation’s most strongly anti-union state.
The NLRB said 74 percent of the 2,828 workers who cast ballots voted against joining the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)..
“We will continue to move forward as one team,” Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president in charge of Boeing South Carolina, said in the post.
In a statement, IAM lead organizer Mike Evans said: “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.”
Of course, the Trump administration got off to a rocky start with Boeing after he publicly threatened to cancel a $4 billion contract associated with the construction of a “brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents” due to “out of control” costs….