Now that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is allowing unions to gather employee signatures electronically, at least one union is attempting to utilize the new approach to try to unionize a long-sought after prize—the South Carolina-based employees of Boeing.
After its failed attempt to unionize the Boeing workers earlier this year, the Machinists vowed that the union was not going to go away.
While it is uncertain whether the new process will be rife with fraudulent data, the Machinists union is wasting no time in trying to gather signatures electronically.
Before directing employees to its electronic form (screenshot below), on its website aimed at Boeing’s South Carolina employees, the union states:
…Starting immediately, all hourly Boeing workers can sign an authorization card by simply clicking the link provided below.
From the privacy of your home or handheld device, you can choose to join your co-workers in supporting the current organizing campaign for a better Boeing for all workers.
The same legal protections that apply to hard copy cards also apply to electronic authorization cards– No employer has the authority or privilege to see these cards…
Without the pressure of co-workers or union organizers in an employee’s presence, it is debatable whether this new method will garner unions much success.
However, for the time being, it appears that at least one union appears willing to try it.