Members of the Boeing engineers' and technical
workers union have overwhelmingly approved new contracts. Next up:
another vote in Wichita.
The Puget Sound area contracts affect more than 17-thousand
workers. The offers included raises and pension boosts -- but also
increased the workers' share of medical care costs.
Union leadership had recommended approval, saying it was the
best contract possible -- after the severe economic downturn that's
hit the commercial aviation industry.
The contracts were negotiated with the Society of Professional
Engineering Employees in Aerospace. They include bonuses and raises
but require employees to pay higher health care costs.
A similar contract proposal covering SPEEA's 13-hundred
engineers in Wichita will be voted on tomorrow.