Some might say that having 75 to 100 people turn out at a meeting to introduce Boeing employees to the International Association of Machinists labor union is a sign of progress.
That is unless you consider that the number of those who attended the meeting was a mere 1.3 to 1.6 percent of the company's Lowcountry workforce of 6,100 - far short of the number needed to organize the facility and not much more than the number who voted in favor of blocking the decertification of the facility when just several hundred worked there three years ago (a vote the IAM lost in a 68-199 vote).
But for all we know, they may have just attended for free food and drinks.
In any event, in spite of the very low turnout for the meeting, which followed a mailing to Boeing employees, the union plans to hold more meetings in the future to attempt to get back into the facility. Given the nastiness that erupted last year over Boeing's decision to open the plant in Charleston and the presence of the union in Boeing plants elsewhere, it seems likely they'll be back.