As thousands of engineers and technical workers at Boeing Co. plants in the Pacific Northwest took part in a “Day of Action,” negotiations between Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace ( SPEEA )/IFPTE Local 2001 resumed Wednesday in Seattle and continue today.
In the fall, the workers overwhelmingly (15,092 to 608) rejected an initial contract offer. There have been negotiations since, but Wednesday’s talks were the first since Dec. 5. David Groves, editor for the Washington State Labor Council’s (WSLC‘s) The Stand , reports both sides remain far apart on major contract issues.
SPEEA Executive Director Ray Goforth says:
Our goal is to get a contract that respects the contributions engineers and technical workers had to creating the record profits and the 4,200 airplane backlog Boeing has today.
Groves reports that SPEEA members have started preparing for a strike by training picket site captains and informing members on how to hold a successful strike.
During the day of action, members marched through Boeing factories and offices or attended updates with negotiation team members in lunchtime meetings. Following a December demonstration at Boeing’s Everett, Wash., plant, SPEEA filed three unfair labor practice charges alleging Boeing videotaped and photographed union members at the events and confiscated cameras and the photographs they held. The charges are awaiting action before the National Labor Relations Board.