LOS ANGELES Boeing
Co.s technical workers will hold a third vote on a new
four-year labor contract without any recommendation from their
Ballot packages are due to go
out to technical members of the Society of Professional
Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) union this week on a
contract thats already been turned down by the
technicians but which Boeing has declined to improve (
amm.com, March 1). The results are expected in
about two weeks, the union said.
SPEEA, Boeings largest
white-collar union, said its technical bargaining unit
councilbasically shop stewardsin a 26-to-8 vote
late last week made no recommendation on the offer, which the
union acknowledged is "identical" to one narrowly rejected by
technicians about two weeks ago.
The council held a special
meeting with SPEEAs technical negotiating team late last
week after Boeing refused to revise its "best and final" offer.
The unions professional engineers, making up about
two-thirds of SPEEA membership, already accepted a new contract
amm.com, Feb. 21).
The most contentious issue is
assumed to be the same one that proved the most difficult for
SPEEAs engineers to accept: Boeings insistence that
new hires will receive a 401(k)-type defined contribution
retirement plan instead of the traditional defined benefit plan
held by current employees.
The union pointed out that
because SPEEA technicians have already granted strike
authorization, the vote will only determine whether the
contract will be accepted or rejected. SPEEA represents more
than 23,000 Boeing employees, mainly in the Puget Sound area of
the Pacific Northwest.