SPEEASociety of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace
SPEEASeattle Professional Engineering Employees Association
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SPEEA argued that most of the existing contract terms for metro Puget Sound employees should simply be extended to the two engineers in Miami.
With talks ongoing for more than one year, SPEEA is fighting elimination of the defined benefit pension for new engineers and technical workers.
Boeing and SPEEA have been in contract negotiations since last April.
With engineers accepting Boeing's offer, the 15,550 employees in SPEEA Professional Unit are in position to provide inside support to technical workers if Boeing forces a strike.
The union said that the arbitrator ordered Boeing to "make whole" all engineering and technical employees who worked at the sites in job classifications represented by SPEEA since March 5, 2001.
AMPA pilots recently voted to start discussions with SPEEA, while the field service representatives are reportedly collecting union authorisation cards in preparation for a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) representation election.
Employees voted on two contracts: The first covers 14,000 engineers in the SPEEA Professional Bargaining Unit.
SPEEA said the charges include reports of managers holding mandatory meetings with employees to interrogate and intimidate them regarding the current contract votes.
CONTACT: Karen Fincutter of Boeing Communications, +1-206-304-4201; or Bill Dugovich, SPEEA Communications Director, +1-206-433-0991, cell, +1-206-683-9857
When Washington state voters approved marriage equality in November, SPEEA negotiators again brought up the issue of same-sex survivor pension benefits during contract talks with Boeing.
The union negotiations team spokesman is Charles Bofferding, SPEEA executive director.
In recent weeks, SPEEA members have been preparing in earnest for a major strike that could idle Boeing factories and send engineering and technical experts to the picket line.