Boeing's white-collar union has appointed Ray Goforth as its new executive director. Goforth succeeds Charles Bofferding as chief executive...

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Boeing’s white-collar union has appointed Ray Goforth as its new executive director.

Goforth succeeds Charles Bofferding as chief executive of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), which represents more than 24,000 aerospace engineers and technical staff at Boeing and three of its major suppliers in six states. More than 20,000 of those are in the Puget Sound region.

SPEEA has been riven by internal strife since Bofferding was ousted by a dissident faction last July. Goforth, 39, must quickly forge a united front as the union prepares for major contract negotiations with Boeing later this year.

Goforth was formerly a senior official and contract negotiator with local 17 of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) in Seattle, a union representing about 9,000 public sector engineers, IT staff and other technical professionals in Washington State.