Precision Castparts workers prepare for union vote

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013

2,300 eligible Precision Castparts workers will vote tomorrow and Friday on whether to unionize.

It will be Oregon's biggest private-sector unionization vote in more than 30 years.

Precision Castparts management appears alarmed as the landmark vote approaches involving 12 plants that make complex, critical parts for Boeing planes, Rolls-Royce engines and other industrial products. Union representatives see Precision as a big potential prize, rare as U.S. manufacturing moves offshore and as organized labor's numbers and reputation decline nationally.

The company has flown in executives from union-staffed subsidiaries -- 22 percent of Precision's 28,500 employees worldwide are organized -- to describe the woes of strikes, work stoppages and concessions.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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