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Labor board rules against Boeing in union squabble

Keywords: Tags  union, labor dispute, Boeing Co., National Labor Relations Board, NLRB, unfair labor practices, videotaping, solidarity events SPEEA

LOS ANGELES — The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has ruled that Boeing Co. committed unfair labor practices by photographing and videotaping members of its largest white-collar union during "solidarity events" at the company’s facilities around the Puget Sound region and in Portland, Ore.

The NLRB’s Seattle region has told Boeing to "cease and desist" photographing and videotaping the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace’s (SPEEA’s) marches and rallies near the company’s Pacific Northwest properties, according to an order this past week.

The NLRB has also barred the Chicago-based aerospace company from "creating the impression" union members are "under surveillance."

Boeing intends to "take all necessary steps to ensure that this decision is overturned," it told AMM in a statement, calling the decision "an unjustified and unprecedented intrusion into our right to protect the security of our facilities and proprietary information."

The company also pointed out that the NLRB allows SPEEA, which represents more than 20,000 engineers and technicians at Boeing, to use "personal camera-enabled devices in company facilities."

The SPEEA filed the charges against Boeing in October 2012.

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