Extending Boeing Contracts Allows SPEEA and Company to Focus on Rebuilding
Confidence in 787
SEATTLE -- January 16, 2013
The following is a statement from SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001, regarding Boeing
With the desire to focus all attention on solving the emergent issues with The
Boeing Company’s 787, the union representing engineers and technical workers
today (Jan. 16) proposed incorporating areas of agreement from ongoing
negotiations into existing contracts and extending the agreements for another
This “best and final” offer by the Society of Professional Engineering
Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001, was presented as
negotiations resumed at 1 p.m. with the assistance of the Federal Mediation
and Conciliation Service (FMCS) at the SeaTac Hilton.
SPEEA’s unprecedented offer would free Boeing and 23,000 engineers and
technical workers from protracted and increasingly contentious negotiations
that appear headed for a strike. It also allows the company and its technical
workforce to focus on reaffirming confidence and proving the 787 is the
reliable and safe product employees know it to be. Completing negotiations
also helps Boeing stay focused on supporting customers, engineering the 767
tanker, 737 MAX, increasing 737 and 777 production rates and the other
products needed for our national defense.
“These negotiations have been going on for more than a year,” said Tom
McCarty, SPEEA president and Professional Team member. “At this point, we
should move forward with the items upon which we can agree, and leave the
status quo in place for the remaining items.”
In addition to the proposed contract extension, SPEEA requested that Boeing
continue to meet under the auspices of FMCS mediation to tackle the difficult
issues that have proven so divisive in these negotiations.
“Our hope is that we can work collaboratively to find solutions in a data-rich
environment outside of the constraints of the collective bargaining process,”
said Ryan Rule, Professional Team member.
In making the proposal, SPEEA agreed to accept Boeing’s funding mechanism for
the Ed Wells Partnership training program. The status quo proposal continues
to offset company medical costs through annual deductible increases based on
salary growth. To put to rest the pension issue, a major point of contention,
SPEEA proposes to accept the same pension proposal that Boeing negotiated with
the International Association of Machinists (IAM District 751). Finally, the
contract extension offer is made with the understanding Boeing recognizes
same-sex survivor pension benefits pursuant to Washington state law.
“With our contracts put to rest, we can all roll up our sleeves and work the
issues facing the 787 and Boeing,” said Sandy Hastings, Technical Team member.
“SPEEA members know this is a great airplane, and we are eager to prove this
to our customers, the flying public and the FAA (Federal Aviation
SPEEA and Boeing started meeting in April 2012 to negotiate new contracts for
15,550 engineers and 7,400 technical workers. In October 2012, 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. Since
resuming talks Jan. 9 after a month-long FMCS-imposed recess, union members
increased preparations for a possible strike. A 40-day strike in 2000 by SPEEA
stopped deliveries and caused major factory and service bottlenecks at Boeing
plants around the country.
A local of the International Federation of Professional and Technical
Engineers (IFPTE), SPEEA represents 26,300 aerospace professionals at Boeing,
Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas, and Triumph Composite Systems, Inc. in
Bill Dugovich, communications director, 206-674-7368 or 206-683-9857
Ray Goforth, executive director, 206-433-0991
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