Professionals have employment contracts. Boeing executives, athletes and many other professionals have employment contracts that include compensation, benefits and working conditions. Why should we be different? We are in a period of record unemployment, but companies like Boeing continue to cut benefits to workers. A strong collective voice is the only way to avoid future cuts and ensure that employees` solution ideas are part of future benefits, wages and working conditions. Two bargaining units from Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) to Boeing Company will be covered by very different collective agreements for at least the next two years, after engineers vote in favor of a four-year contract renewal and technicians vote in favor of rejection. SPEEA is affiliated as Local 2001 to the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE). The result gives engineers a new contract that SPEEA says it fixes issues with pay raise pools and offers parental leave and access to Washington`s Paid Family and Medical Leave program. The new agreement will enter into force immediately and will continue until 6 October 2026. AEEPS employees and the seven-member board of directors had negotiated with management under confidentiality agreements and did not announce the details of the proposed contract until Thursday afternoon to union council representatives, with infantrymen representing the union to its members in the offices and in the factory. „These cuts are clear violations of our collective agreement and the National Labor Relations Act,“ said Ray Goforth, executive director of the AEEPS.
Ballots will be sent to AEEPS members on February 21 and votes will be counted on March 9. During negotiations, Boeing agreed to remove a provision that would have required employees represented by SPEEA to retroactively reimburse the company`s money used for classes that are no longer covered by the revised program. The company also agreed to provide study remittances that it had negotiated with the schools. However, there are still provisions that would penalize workers for negotiating and accepting rebates themselves. Visit California Region Engineers and Technical Employees (CREATE) for more specific information about organizing staff in Southern California. The percentage of their medical expenses paid by EAEPS members will increase in 2023 from 5% in the current contract to either 6%, 9%, or 12%, depending on the salary level. Aerospace professionals, eager to improve their jobs by partnering as a union with their colleagues, can learn more about the steps involved in forming a union by contacting the AEEPS. Ultimately, staff move the process forward by setting priorities, training staff, scheduling votes, and helping with contract negotiation. . . .