Precision Castparts workers prepare for union vote

Precision Castparts workers prepare for union vote

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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