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Union says Boeing interfering with leafleting at Everett plant, files Unfair Labor Practices charges

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Feb. 14, 2013 at 3:46 pm |
February 14, 2013 3:46 pm

The union representing Boeing’s engineers and technical workers alleged today that the company is illegally banning employees from passing out union leaflets at the company’s Everett plant and unlawfully requiring workers’ mandatory meetings about an ongoing vote on a contract proposal.

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace said today it has filed Unfair Labor Practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board over those alleged violations.

SPEEA members are now voting whether to accept or reject Boeing’s “best and final offer” for a new contract.  Those ballots will be counted next Tuesday. Union negotiators have recommended rejection, mostly because of pension provisions that would gradually replace the company’s defined benefit pension plan with an enhanced 401K  savings plan.

“We are extremely disappointed in the company’s misconduct,” said Ray Goforth, SPEEA executive director. “Boeing’s contract proposals should pass or fail on their merits. This illegal intimidation must cease immediately.”

The union’s nearly 23,000 members will also vote whether to allow negotiators the power to call a strike if further talks fail.

The new charges are in addition to earlier charges contending company personnel photographed SPEEA members marching at its Everett factory to support efforts to negotiate new labor contracts.

Contract talks started in April 2012. In October, engineers rejected Boeing’s initial offer by 95.5 percent. Technical workers rejected the company’s offer by 97 percent. Existing contracts expired Nov. 25.

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