Wednesday, August 7, 2013
The union representing engineers and technical employees at Spirit AeroSystems has accused Spirit of using unfair labor practices when it laid off union-represented employees last month.
The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace said Wednesday it has filed a charge of Unfair Labor Practices against Spirit with the U.S. Department of Labor.
According to the union, Spirit tried to individually negotiate severance agreements with the 360 employees the company laid off July 25. The union represents 221 of the employees who lost their jobs. SPEEA said dealing directly with union-represented employees was a violation of the collective bargaining agreement between SPEEA and Spirit.
The complaint will be reviewed by the National Labor Relations Board, which will determine if there is any merit to the charge and whether Spirit violated any agreements.
Spirit issued a statement Wednesday night that said, "We disagree with the latest allegations and believe the NLRB will find them baseless once they have all the facts."