Labor Grievance Filed Against Spirit AeroSystems

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

The union representing engineers and technical workers at Spirit AeroSystems has filed a grievance with the National Labor Relations Board over changes to the company's employee evaluation process.

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace said Thursday that it filed the complaint because the company did not negotiate before starting a performance improvement process for employees whose evaluations drop.

SPEEA Midwest director Bob Brewer says nearly 1,000 employees dropped in performance ratings without justification.

The union contends management concocted a scheme to blame employees for management's poor decisions.

Spirit AeroSystems released a statement saying, "the health of our company hinges on each of us performing at full capacity and productivity. We constantly try to give accurate feedback to our employees regarding their performance and will continue to do so. We will respond directly to the NLRB at the appropriate time."

SPEEA represents 760 engineering employees and 2,270 technical and professional workers at Spirit AeroSystems.

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