LOS ANGELES Boeing Co. is
due to resume negotiations this week with its largest
white-collar union, which has been working without a contract
Boeing will return to the
bargaining table with the Society of Professional Engineering
Employees in Aerospace on Wednesday. The Chicago-based company
presented the union with its first contract proposal since 2012
late last week, but the union claimed it was incomplete.
The negotiations are set to take
place as Boeing strives to maintain record monthly build rates
on its 777 twin-aisle and 737 single-aisle commercial aircraft
programs, which are due for further production increases,
Moreover, despite recent reports of technical problems, Boeing
still plans to double the build rate for its 787 Dreamliner by
late this year.
Boeings previous four-year
contract with the union, which represents more than 23,000
Boeing engineers and technical employees, expired Oct. 25 (
amm.com, Dec. 6).
While the union said that the
preliminary version of the latest offer indicates "smaller"
cuts to wages and training budgets than were included in the
companys previous offer, it said Boeing continues to seek
medical cost increases as well as the elimination of
traditional defined-benefit pensions for new hires. Union
members rejected the previous proposal by a margin of more than
95 percent (
amm.com, Oct. 2).
A spokesman for the
Seattle-based union said Monday the organization expects "an
assembled, complete offer from the company by the end of the
day." A Boeing spokesman couldnt be reached for
The union hasnt yet
sanctioned a walkout if the two sides dont reach an
agreement, but the spokesman said members will vote on strike
authorization at the next contract vote.
The unions last extended strike was a 40-day walkout
in 2000, which reportedly caused major production delays at