Union split on Boeing offer; strike looms

Feb 21, 2013 | 11:33 AM | Frank Haflich

Tags  Boeing, SPEEA, aerospace, contract offer, strike vote, Ray Conner, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Boeing Co.’s largest white-collar union split in a vote on the company’s latest labor contract offer, raising the possibility that technical workers—but not engineers—at the aerospace giant could go on strike.

Some 15,000 engineers accepted Boeing’s proposed four-year deal, but some 7,400 technicians turned down the company’s contract offer, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) union said this week.

Chicago-based Boeing said it was pleased that the engineers approved the contract, but it was "deeply disappointed" that technicians turned down its offer and authorized a strike. Union members have been working without a contract at Boeing since November.....

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