Apparently, the International Association of Machinists union also does not care for “quickie elections.” The IAM, which has been trying to organize a unit of some 3,000 employees at Boeing’s manufacturing plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, has withdrawn its petition for an election that had been scheduled to take place on April 22. The union contends that Boeing created an “atmosphere of threats, harassment and unprecedented political interference [that] has intimidated workers to the point that [the union does not] ... believe a free and fair election is possible.” The union also filed an unfair labor practice charge against Boeing, alleging that Boeing interfered with union activities and deliberately encouraged anti-union harassment, assaults, and threats of violence against union supporters.Two IAM organizers making home visits were threatened by the homeowners at gunpoint, the union says. Under NLRB policy, the union can seek an election again in the same unit after six months.

Ironically, “The Management Playbook,”IAM’s description of employer tactics used to defeat organizing, says, “Unionbusters [sic] often attempt to delay union representation elections by legal maneuvers so they have more time to implement other tactics needed to increase tension, dissention [sic], and the employer’s chance of winning the election.” Looks like, here, while seeking a high-profile union win in the South, the union needed more time for its legal maneuvers and Boeing was ready for the planned vote.