Wichita, Kan. -- The SPEEA union claims Spirit AeroSystems is keeping workers in the dark about the company's future.
SPEEA is the union which represents engineers and professional and technical employees at Spirit.
In a letter to Spirit's Director of Labor Relations and Workforce Strategies, Jeff Clark, SPEEA made a data request concerning numerous workplace rumors.
Rumors in the Wichita aviation industry can be about as common as rumors in Hollywood and generally go unreported.
But SPEEA has gone public with the letter. SPEEA's Midwest Director Bob Brewer asked Spirit about the rumored sale of the Spirit's parts fabrication unit. Brewer asked if Spirit will be making an announcement July 2nd or 3rd about a sale or divestiture.
SPEEA's Brewer writes "We've heard The Boeing Company purchased all of the Boeing program assembly work currently being done by Spirit. Is this true?"
The SPEEA letter addresses the union's concerns about violating contract language with the union.
SPEEA Communications Director Bill Dugovich says, "We've been hearing for sometime from our members in the work place that the company was looking at the possible sale of the fabrication division, possible sale of the entire facility."
And then SPEEA is asking Spirit about rumored hiring of 100 extra security guards and rumored buying of riot gear.
Dugovich says, "We've heard rumors that the company had increased its security force, was hiring more security people. And this week it grew to the extent that the company was buying tasers and other gear in anticipation of something."
He says the union would normally dismiss the rumors except that they're coming from so many different sources and have specificity to them.
Dugovich says, "It's very disturbing and you have to wonder what the company is up to."
Spirit spokesman Ken Evans says, "We do not deal in rumors or speculate about them. There are no company announcements to be made at this time."