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Boeing, union getting down to business on wage, medical plan proposals

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Nov. 15, 2012 at 2:58 pm with No Comments »
November 15, 2012 2:59 pm

Boeing and the union representing the company’s engineers and technical workers, after weeks of discussing peripheral contract proposals, will get to the heart of a proposed new contract next week, Boeing’s proposals for wages and health insurance.

Boeing said late Wednesday afternoon that it had offered to present new proposals in those two areas to the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace negotiators at a session this week, but the union said it couldn’t meet until next Tuesday.

The union countered that it asked Boeing to give its negotiators the new proposals for study over the weekend, but company negotiators wanted those proposals presented at a live session, thus the Tuesday date.

SPEEA represents more than 23,000 engineers and technical workers, most of them in the Puget Sound area. Those workers earlier this fall soundly rejected an initial Boeing proposal for a new contract.

The present contract between the company and the union expires Nov. 25, but the union has made no threats of a strike.

Instead, union members are being counseled by the union to refuse voluntary overtime hours and to “work to rule.”

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