Boeing workers vote 'no'

Union bid fails in South; facility set to host Trump

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COLUMBIA (AP) - Boeing workers' overwhelming anti-union vote at the aviation giant's 787 Dreamliner plant in South Carolina is a big victory for Southern politicians and business leaders who have lured manufacturing jobs to the region on the promise of keeping unions out.

It's also a win for the company that will host President Trump at its North Charleston facilities Friday.

Nearly 3,000 workers were eligible to vote Wednesday on representation by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace workers. According to Boeing, nearly 74 percent of the more than 2,800 votes cast were against representation.

It was a massive victory for union opponents, in line with longstanding Southern aversion to collective bargaining. At 1.6 percent, South Carolina maintains the lowest percentage of unionized workers in the country, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In a statement on the union election, Boeing vice president and general manager Joan Robinson-Berry looked past the decisive vote to Trump's visit.

"It is great to have this vote behind us as we come together to celebrate that event," she said.