SPEEA http://kplu.org en Boeing's latest move confirms nationwide trend to end pensions http://kplu.org/post/boeings-latest-move-confirms-nationwide-trend-end-pensions <p></p><p>Boeing has been – until recently – one of the last remaining places in the corporate world where you could still get a pension in retirement. Now Boeing’s technical workers are being asked to drop the pension for new employees – it’s part of a broader strategy at the company.</p><p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7883 at http://kplu.org Boeing's latest move confirms nationwide trend to end pensions Analyst calls SPEEA decision on Boeing contract 'total capitulation' http://kplu.org/post/analyst-calls-speea-decision-boeing-contract-total-capitulation <p></p><p>Boeing’s refusing to make any improvements in the contract it has offered technical workers. The union says it will now put that same offer out for another vote, a move that an analyst characterizes as giving up. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 00:55:11 +0000 Ashley Gross 7874 at http://kplu.org SPEEA Split: Boeing engineers OK pact, technical workers say no http://kplu.org/post/speea-split-boeing-engineers-ok-pact-technical-workers-say-no <p>It's a split decision from the union representing Boeing Co.'s engineers and technical workers.</p><p> The engineers voted Tuesday to accept the aerospace company's four-year contract offer while technical workers rejected it and authorized a future strike. </p><p> Bill Dugovich of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace says the votes mean the new contract for the 15,550 engineers is in place.</p><p> He says negotiators hope to resume contract talks soon on behalf of the 7,400 technical workers.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 07:07:26 +0000 The Associated Press 7822 at http://kplu.org SPEEA Split: Boeing engineers OK pact, technical workers say no Boeing engineers' union to tally strike authorization vote http://kplu.org/post/boeing-engineers-union-tally-strike-authorization-vote <p></p><p>Boeing is facing the specter of a possible engineers’ strike even as the company races to get the 787 Dreamliner back in the air. Tonight, the engineers’ union will tally votes to see whether members have rejected the contract and authorized a strike. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7810 at http://kplu.org Boeing engineers' union to tally strike authorization vote Do Boeing engineers have enough leverage to strike? http://kplu.org/post/do-boeing-engineers-have-enough-leverage-strike <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Boeing engineers in the Pacific Northwest are voting on whether to authorize a strike. The labor dispute is playing out against a dramatic backdrop.</p><p>The engineers are needed now more than ever to help fix the batteries on Boeing's flagship 787 Dreamliner.</p><p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 18:45:33 +0000 Ashley Gross 7763 at http://kplu.org Do Boeing engineers have enough leverage to strike? Boeing engineers and technicians to vote on strike authorization http://kplu.org/post/boeing-engineers-and-technicians-vote-strike-authorization <p></p><p>About 21,000 Boeing engineers and technicians will vote on whether to authorize a strike. The threat of a walkout comes at a bad time for Boeing as the company tries to fix its 787 Dreamliner.</p><p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:20:02 +0000 Ashley Gross 7706 at http://kplu.org Boeing engineers and technicians to vote on strike authorization Boeing Contract Offer Could Prompt Engineers Strike http://kplu.org/post/boeing-contract-offer-could-prompt-engineers-strike Boeing is scrambling to figure out why batteries malfunctioned on its 787, prompting officials to ground the airplane this month. And at a time when Boeing most needs its skilled engineers, they're weighing a possible strike. Union leaders are considering the company's final contract offer.<p>The standoff between Boeing and about 23,000 engineers and technicians — mostly in the Seattle region — has been brewing for months. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:51:08 +0000 Ashley Gross 7693 at http://kplu.org Boeing Contract Offer Could Prompt Engineers Strike Boeing raises its salary offer to engineers and technicians http://kplu.org/post/boeing-raises-its-salary-offer-engineers-and-technicians <p></p><p>Boeing has raised its salary offer to its engineers and technicians, but the union is still complaining that it doesn’t adequately compensate its members.</p><p>Federal mediators have been brokering talks this week between the company and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, or SPEEA. Sat, 12 Jan 2013 00:02:46 +0000 Ashley Gross 7542 at http://kplu.org Did the Boeing engineers' strike of 2000 succeed in the long run? http://kplu.org/post/did-boeing-engineers-strike-2000-succeed-long-run <p></p><p>When Boeing engineers and technicians walked off the job 13 years ago, they said it wasn’t just for more money. They wanted to improve the culture of the company and chart a new course for organized labor. Did they succeed?</p><p>At first blush, it looked like a resounding success. The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, or SPEEA, had won a contract with everything they had asked for. Executive Director Charlie Bofferding was triumphant in an interview with KING 5.</p><p>“We’re interacting now based on power and respect, and that’s where we want to be,” Bofferding said.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7528 at http://kplu.org Did the Boeing engineers' strike of 2000 succeed in the long run? Boeing engineers' strike in 2000 casts shadow over current talks http://kplu.org/post/boeing-engineers-strike-2000-casts-shadow-over-current-talks <p></p><p>Boeing engineers and the company are supposed to meet with a federal mediator today – but union leaders say the two sides are still far apart. Looming over the negotiations is a memory that's 13 years old, but still fresh for many.</p><p>In early 2000, Boeing engineers and technicians did what nobody expected them to do – walk off the job and stay off.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7520 at http://kplu.org Boeing engineers' strike in 2000 casts shadow over current talks Picket training begins as SPEEA preps for a possible Boeing strike http://kplu.org/post/picket-training-begins-speea-preps-possible-boeing-strike <p></p><p>Contract talks between Boeing and its engineers union are suspended till after the new year. But the union, SPEEA, is not standing still - they're training picket captains for a possible strike.</p><p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:29:39 +0000 Ashley Gross 7310 at http://kplu.org Picket training begins as SPEEA preps for a possible Boeing strike Boeing wants a federal mediator to help with SPEEA talks http://kplu.org/post/boeing-wants-federal-mediator-help-speea-talks <p></p><p>After months of unsuccessful contract negotiations, Boeing says it wants a federal mediator to help resolve its contract dispute with SPEEA, the union that represents about 23,000 engineers and technicians in the Puget Sound region.</p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:35:06 +0000 Ashley Gross 7237 at http://kplu.org Boeing wants a federal mediator to help with SPEEA talks Boeing engineers inch closer to a strike after 'disappointing' second contract offer http://kplu.org/post/boeing-engineers-inch-closer-strike-after-disappointing-second-contract-offer <p></p><p>The union representing Boeing engineers is moving closer to a strike authorization. That’s because union leadership is frustrated with the aerospace giant’s second contract offer.</p><p>Boeing is now offering higher annual wage increases than its first proposal, which 96 percent of engineers and technicians rejected. But the increases are still lower than the current contract. That’s one reason the union – known as SPEEA – is disappointed.</p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:43:05 +0000 Ashley Gross 7178 at http://kplu.org Boeing engineers union rejects contract offer 
 http://kplu.org/post/boeing-engineers-union-rejects-contract-offer <p></p><p>Boeing's union of engineers and technical workers has rejected the aerospace giant's first contract offer in ballots tallied Monday night.</p><p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 17:19:08 +0000 The Associated Press 6556 at http://kplu.org Boeing responds to fear that some retirees could lose medical coverage http://kplu.org/post/boeing-responds-fear-some-retirees-could-lose-medical-coverage <p>Some Boeing retirees fear they could be in danger of losing their medical coverage under a new contract the company has proposed to its engineers' union, SPEEA.</p><p><strong><em>Update 9-26 –</em>&nbsp;</strong>Boeing sent out the following response this morning by email: "Boeing has no plans to eliminate retiree medical benefits for current retirees. If we’d had the opportunity to discuss our proposal with the union, we could have clarified that we did not intend to change the status quo with respect to retiree medical benefits. Regrettably, SPEEA has chosen to sensationalize the issue and cause unnecessary concern."</p><p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 18:19:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 6473 at http://kplu.org Boeing responds to fear that some retirees could lose medical coverage