Boeing's Anti-Union Crusade Just Hit a New Low

Boeing doesn’t want its Charleston, SC employees joining together for better wages and benefits. The aerospace giant, which employs more than 30,000 IAM members in Washington state, has made that clear .

Boeing’s top brass pays for an anti-union website, gushes as South Carolina’s governor brags about kicking out good-paying union jobs, and — in a bizarre strategy — used lunch room table toppers to rail against the “nutritional value” of unions.

But it’s Boeing’s latest attempt to intimidate its Charleston employees that’s drawing some of the sharpest criticism yet.

In a statement posted to its anti-union website, Boeing suggests that jobs in Washington state and South Carolina could be at risk if Congress doesn’t bow to a Norwegian Airlines (NAI) proposal to operate as a low-cost carrier in U.S. markets. It criticizes lawmakers, the IAM and other unions for supporting legislation to block NAI’s bid to undermine wages, benefits and working conditions in the U.S. transportation sector.

READ: How a Norwegian Airline Could Steal Your Job

The Seattle Times picked up on Boeing’s statement , noting that Boeing had been silent on the matter for two years — until now.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Transportation Trades Department President called Boeing’s attack “sinister” and represents “more anti-union saber-rattling by this corporate giant.”

“NAI’s application has absolutely nothing to do with buying more Boeing airplanes but has everything to do with setting up a corporate shell to eviscerate labor standards, undercut fair competition and destroy middle class airline jobs,” said Trumka and Wytkind.

IAM members have historically advocated for policies that expand Boeing’s reach into new markets and create new jobs. The Export-Import Bank, which Boeing says is critical to selling aircraft overseas, would still be shuttered if not for the efforts of IAM members making their voices heard in Congress.

“This is a tactic by Boeing to intimidate its workforce,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “We can see right through it, and so can the hard-working men and women at Boeing Charleston.”

AFL-CIO Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton received the endorsement of the 12.5 million member AFL-CIO.

The AFL-CIO General Board, which represents 12.5 million union members, voted today to endorse Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.

“Hillary Clinton is a proven leader who shares our values,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Throughout the campaign, she has demonstrated a strong commitment to the issues that matter to working people, and our members have taken notice. The activism of working people has already been a major force in this election and is now poised to elect Hillary Clinton and move America forward.”

In August 2015, the IAM became one of the first industrial unions to endorse Clinton and welcomes the AFL-CIO vote.

“The IAM knows Hillary Clinton is the right choice for working people and the decision by the AFL-CIO to endorse her comes at the right time,” said IAM International President and AFL-CIO Executive Council member Bob Martinez. “The house of labor has a lot to do between now and November to make sure Hillary Clinton is our next president but we are more than up to the task.”

READ: Why Hillary Clinton is the Best Choice for U.S. Manufacturing Workers .

Beginning immediately, the AFL-CIO will put in motion its ground campaign to elect Clinton and other union endorsed candidates across the country.

“We will run a sophisticated, targeted ground campaign,” said Trumka. “And with the dire consequences Donald Trump poses for America’s working families, it has to be.”

Click here to read the AFL-CIO endorsement press release.

Be a Part of Latino Working People Power at LCLAA's 2016 Convention

The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA ) is hosting its 21st National Membership Convention in Orlando, FL at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort August 18 — 20, 2016.

Click here for the LCLAA convention call. The early discounted registration ($275) deadline is July 29. Discounts are also available for seniors and students.

This premiere convention will not only highlight the valuable work that LCLAA is doing, but it will also serve as the main platform for Latino labor leaders to organize around the issues that Latino working families are facing in the upcoming election cycle.

LCLAA’s strength is not only in its work nationally, but also in the advocacy efforts of chapters across the country. Increasing grassroots organizing and engaging members to take action in their communities is one its most important priorities.

Now more than ever, the Labor movement needs to grow and increase its appeal to young workers and LCLAA has a vital role to play in this growth. Latinos represent the youngest members of the U.S. workforce and are quickly becoming a key to the future of the labor movement.

Training sessions, workshops and discussions this year will revolve around key priorities requiring greater public awareness, civic participation, and strategies for advancing an agenda for shared prosperity.

Click here to register early and guarantee your spot in this important gathering.