The leadership of Boeing's white-collar union today tentatively accepted a three-year contract offer and will recommend that union members accept it, the company said in a statement.

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The leadership of Boeing’s white-collar union today tentatively accepted a three-year contract offer and will recommend that union members accept it, the company said in a statement.


A Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) membership vote to ratify the agreement will be completed December 1. The 2005 contract will cover 11,850 engineers and 5,700 technical workers in the Puget Sound region.


“There’s so much money in this contract, I don’t see how you can vote against it,” said a union official close to the negotiations.


The proposed contract offers a hefty pay increase, the official said. It also maintains the current company medical plan premiums for both active and retired members, avoiding the expected shift of more costs to employees. Details will be disclosed later this afternoon.


SPEEA is preparing voting packages for mailing to members. The packages will include the negotiation team’s recommendation to accept, a summary of the contract offer and ballots. Members will have until 5 p.m., Dec. 1, to cast votes.