Boeing Rejects SPEEA Offers, Issues Best and Final
SEATTLE -- January 17, 2013
The following is a statement from SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001, regarding contract
talks with The Boeing Company:
In a move that escalates its mounting problems, The Boeing Company today (Jan.
17) rejected union offers to extend existing contracts and instead gave its
“last, best and final” offers to the Society of Professional Engineering
Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001.
Boeing’s actions reiterate the company’s growing disrespect for the engineers
and technical workers who are essential to working issues and restoring
confidence in the 787. While the company agreed to extend parts of the
existing contracts, the offers put retirement benefits for all 23,000
engineers and technical workers, including retiree medical, at risk. In
addition, Boeing’s corporate negotiator said the company will end the pension
for future employees.
Although the offers contain improvements, both the Professional and Technical
Negotiation Teams unanimously recommend rejection.
“We are profoundly disappointed the company is taking advantage of our
good-will offers to push through unwarranted cuts, put existing retiree
benefits at risk and eliminate the pension for future employees,” said Ryan
Rule, Professional Negotiation Team member.
SPEEA members will vote on the company’s offers in the coming weeks. Ballots
are likely to include a request to grant the Professional and Technical
Negotiation Teams authority to call a strike.
Boeing rejected SPEEA's offer after stating publicly that the company does not
need SPEEA members for the FAA investigation or working the 787 issues. Last
week, Mike Delaney, vice president of engineering for Boeing Commercial
Airplanes, said managers and engineers from other areas of the company could
do the work. Aerospace industry analysts scoffed at this assertion because the
787 engineering work is performed by SPEEA engineers and technical workers.
The company’s offers continue annual salary raise pools of 5 percent and
maintain existing medical benefits. Boeing did agree to extend same-sex
survivor pension benefits.
SPEEA members rejected Boeing’s initial offer by 96 percent on Oct. 1, 2012.
Today’s actions come after nearly a year of negotiations. 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
SPEEA-represented engineers and technical workers are essential to solving the
mounting issues with the 787, including assisting the Federal Aviation
Administration’s (FAA) investigation and restoring confidence in the 787.
“Boeing corporate created the 787 problems by ignoring the warnings of the
Boeing technical community,” said Joel Funfar, Technical Negotiation Team
member. “Now, they propose to double down on their failed outsourcing strategy
by outsourcing the engineering work required to solve the problems caused by
previous rounds of outsourcing.”
Negotiations, taking place at the SeaTac Hilton Hotel with the assistance of
the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), are ended.
This negotiation process was tainted by numerous actions that are in violation
of the National Labor Relations Act.Boeing has regularly tried to prevent
members from discussing their working conditions with others and with SPEEA.
The company engaged in unlawful surveillance of protected activity,
confiscated pictures of members engaged in protected activity and has refused
to provide information relevant to the negotiations.
SPEEA and Boeing started meeting in April to negotiate new contracts for
15,550 engineers and 7,400 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. Since
negotiations resumed Jan. 9 after a month-long FMCS-imposed recess, union
members have 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, 206-674-7368 or 206-683-9857
Ray Goforth, 206-433-0991
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