SPEEA Files New Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Charges against Boeing for Surveillance of Members

  SPEEA Files New Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) Charges against Boeing for
  Surveillance of Members

Business Wire

EVERETT, Wash. -- January 3, 2013

The Boeing Company was charged Wednesday (Jan. 2) with Unfair Labor Practices
(ULP) after company personnel photographed members of the Society of
Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001,
marching at its Everett factory to support efforts to negotiate new labor
contracts.

The specific charges relate to Boeing taking surveillance photographs of
engineers and technical employees marching inside and outside the factory on
Dec. 12 and after. Employer surveillance of union activities has consistently
been ruled illegal because it has a tendency to intimidate employees into not
exercising their rights to engage in union activities.

SPEEA and Boeing are scheduled to resume negotiations Jan. 9. Federal
mediators called for a break in talks before the holidays. The two sides
started meeting in April to negotiate new contracts for 23,000 engineers and
technical workers. In October, engineers rejected Boeing’s initial offer by
95.5 percent. Technical workers rejected the company’s offer by 97 percent.
Existing contracts expired Nov. 25.

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) protects employees’ rights to engage
in concerted (union) activity and prohibits employers from interfering in
these activities.

“This is well settled law that such surveillance is illegal,” said Ray
Goforth, SPEEA executive director. “It’s disappointing to see Boeing
leadership resort to intimidation rather than persuasion.”

Since September, SPEEA members have held weekly solidarity marches, meetings
and other events at Boeing facilities around Puget Sound, in Portland and
Utah. Participation ranges from a few dozen members to more than 2,500
marching in Everett. All of the marches have been peaceful. SPEEA members are
calling Wednesday (Jan. 9) a “Day of Action,” with a variety of events planned
to mark the resumption of negotiations.

Filed at the Seattle office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), this
additional charge reads: "Since on or about December 12, 2012, the Employer
has photographed employees engaged in peaceful, protected concerted activity
at its Everett facility.”

A previous charge by SPEEA filed in October and now waiting action by the
NLRB, relates to Boeing seizing employee cameras and photographs of the
protected union marches, along with videotaping the events.

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
 
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