Main table contract negotiations are underway with another large union at Boeing Wichita. SPEEA, which represents more than 700 local engineers is hoping for an agreement soon.
Negotiations between Boeing and SPEEA started with optimism as
well as a cloud of uncertainty due to fresh rumors that layoffs could soon be coming to the Boeing Wichita facility.
It's not likely Wichita will be seeing another union strike resulting from contract talks between Boeing and SPEEA, because of a tentative agreement SPEEA and Boeing negotiators made in Seattle late last week.
"I think it was a very respectable offer they got in the northwest. Both
teams recommended acceptance. Both counsels recommended acceptance up there," said SPEEA Midwest Executive Director Bob Brewer.
Wichita's version of the contract being negotiated will likely be similar to the Seattle contract.
"Look forward to reaching an agreement that really best represents the
business that Wichita is in and rewards our employees for the contributions
they make on a daily basis to the success of the company," said Boeing spokesman Jarrod Bartlett.
SPEEA is seeking a 5% wage increase from Boeing during a time of uncertainty in the economy and a time of rumors about possible layoffs in Boeing Wichita.
Brewer says Boeing won't confirm the possibility of layoffs but he thinks the union and company will be having conversations about that soon.
SPEEA is hoping that negotiations are wrapped up with a contract offer by
early next week. Their contract expires December 5th.