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Union workers reject Boeing supplier contract offer in Wichita

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on July 29, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
July 29, 2011 3:45 pm

Some 96.5 percent of union technical workers voting on a Spirit Aerosystems long-term contract proposal have rejected the company’s offer in a balloting late this week in Kansas.

Those workers are part of the same union that represents Boeing professional, technical and engineering employees in the Puget Sound area.

Spirit owns former Boeing properties in Wichita that produce major subassemblies of such Boeing aircraft as the 737 and the 787 Dreamliner.

The union, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, said the vote is a clear sign that the company’s workers want a better offer.

According to the union, the Spirit proposal called for doubling the members’ insurance premiums, restricting the callback of laid off workers and keeping worker wages below market levels for the 9.5-year contract duration.

Members did not take a strike vote in deciding on the contract proposal.

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