LOS ANGELES Boeing Co.
and its largest white-collar union have temporarily called off
their negotiations on a new contract.
Talks between Boeing and Society
of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA)
union Local 2001 "are being suspended until after the first of
the year" at the request of the Federal Mediation and
Conciliation Service, service director George H. Cohen
"The wide gulf between us and
the Boeing Co. still exists," an SPEEA spokesman in Tukwila,
Members of the SPEEAwhich
represents more than 23,000 engineers and technicians,
primarily in Washingtons Puget Sound areahave been
working without a contract since Oct. 6, when their prior
four-year deal expired.
In the interim, the mediation
service said that it will talk with both sides about a
"resumption" of talks in 2013.
The SPEEA spokesman said the
engineers havent given a strike authorization, but the
union is still holding training sessions for "potential picket
captains," as it is "determined to be prepared" for any
SPEEA last week said the
National Labor Relations Board was due to hear an unfair labor
practice charge against Boeing, Chicago, that claims it was
"threatening employees with discipline for engaging in union