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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Rep. Pocan Says Boeing Employees Should Tune Out Unsolicited Advice from Sen. Graham, Consider Merits of Choice to Unionize

Feb 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after Senator Lindsey Graham made comments that insinuated Boeing could relocate should the workers in their Charleston, South Carolina, plant vote to unionize.

“Senator Graham demonstrates his apathy to workers in his state when he suggests that Boeing relocate out of South Carolina if workers choose to unionize. He also suggested that a vote for the union would negatively impact workers throughout the region. In fact, the opposite is true. Study after study shows workers in unions earn more money. Further evidence demonstrates the benefits of unions go way beyond their own members, by raising the wages of non-unionized workers as well.

“Boeing employees voting in the bargaining unit on Wednesday should tune out unsolicited advice from elected officials, and consider the merits of the choice before them. Perhaps the Senator should have asked his constituents if they want a say in their workplace and better pay and benefits. Or if he thought Boeing’s Board of Directors should be making the decisions about their pay and benefits?”