The union of white-collar workers at Boeing said late Monday its negotiators unanimously recommended the 23,000 members reject the company’s proposed four-year contract.
A statement on the website of the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) called the company’s proposed terms “full-scale assaults on engineers and technical workers.”
“This proposal fails at every level to recognize our contributions or respect the professionalism and dedication we bring to work each day,” it continued.
SPEEA said it is preparing ballots to mail to members, and votes will be counted after 5 p.m. Oct. 1. The current contract expires Oct. 6.
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A vote against the contract would not mean the union goes on strike. That would require a separate vote.
The contract covers SPEEA’s local Boeing workforce, plus about 300 more at smaller plants in Portland and in Utah.
Two-thirds are engineers who oversee the design, manufacturing and testing of airplanes. Their average salary is $110,000.
The remaining third are technical professionals who act as a crucial interface between the engineers and the mechanics who work on the jets. Their average salary is $79,000.
Boeing has offered different base-salary increases to the two groups. After taking into account increases in employees’ share of medical costs, total compensation for engineers would rise 3 percent each year, while technical professionals would see a rise of 2 percent a year.