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2017 is shaping up to be a tough year for organized labor
By ERIN SHANNON  | 
Feb 23, 2017

Organized labor was dealt a major blow last week when 74% of Boeing workers in South Carolina voted against unionizing.  It was the second failed effort for labor executives hoping to unionize workers in the airplane manufacturer’s North Charleston plant.

South Carolina’s Boeing workers are the latest to reject unionization efforts in the South—in 2014 workers at a Volkswagen plant in Tennessee voted against unionizing, and in 2011 workers at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in North Carolina said no thanks to unions for the third time in six years.

The Boeing setback for unions came on the heels of two states, Kentucky and Missouri, passing right-to-work laws in quick succession last month.  Now 28 states boast right-to-work laws, with six of those happening just since 2012.  Not a great start for unions in 2017. 

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