SPEEA Charges Boeing with ULPs after Reports of Seized Cameras and Photos

  SPEEA Charges Boeing with ULPs after Reports of Seized Cameras and Photos

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- October 09, 2012

Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges were filed Friday against The Boeing
Company after the aerospace giant reportedly videotaped union members engaged
in solidarity marches to support contract negotiations, seized employees’
cameras and deleted photos of the activities.

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE
Local 2001, filed the two charges against Boeing after receiving complaints
from members at multiple Boeing locations. Boeing surveillance and/or camera
seizing occurred during lunchtime solidarity events by SPEEA members in
Portland and Everett. The National Labor Relation Act (NLRA) protects
employees’ rights to engage in concerted (union) activity and prohibits
employers from interfering in these activities.

“Taking video of employees on a lunchtime march is nothing more than
intimidation and harassment,” said Ray Goforth, SPEEA executive director. “The
company has no legitimate reason to confiscate cameras and delete photos.”

For the past few weeks, SPEEA members have held solidarity marches, meetings
and other events at many Boeing facilities to show support for their SPEEA
negotiation teams. Marches ranged from a few dozen employees to more than
2,500 at the Everett plant. SPEEA continues to gather information about the
surveillance and photo seizing and is asking members to document and report
incidents to union officials.

Filed at the Seattle office of the NLRB, the first charge reads: “… the
Employer has engaged in surveillance of protected concerted activity and has
otherwise interfered with that activity by videotaping and photographing
employees engaged in peaceful, protected concerted activity in Portland, OR.”

The second charge reads: “… the Employer has interfered with members engaging
in protected concerted activity by confiscating photographs taken by employees
of other employees engaging in protected concerted activity.”

SPEEA and Boeing started meeting weekly in April to negotiate new contracts
for 23,000 engineers and technical workers at facilities around Puget Sound,
Portland, Utah and California. Boeing finally presented new contract offers
Sept. 13. Engineers rejected that offer by 95.5 percent. Technical workers
rejected the offer by 97 percent. SPEEA and Boeing met briefly on Tuesday,
Oct. 2, the day after votes were counted. The next full negotiations session
is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 10.

A local of the International Federation of Professional and Technical
Engineers (IFPTE), SPEEA represents 26,560 aerospace professionals at Boeing,
Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas, and Triumph Composite Systems, Inc. in
Spokane, Wash.

Contact:

SPEEA
Bill Dugovich, 206-674-7368 or 206-683-9857
Communications director
or
Ray Goforth, 206-433-0991
Executive director