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SPEEA Charges Boeing With Violating Labor Law During Employee Orientation
By Bill Goldston

August 22, 2012 - Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges were filed on Tuesday (August 21) against The Boeing Company by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001.  

Charges were filed after union representatives said they heard company officials tell new employees they are prohibited from saying negative things about their employment.

Such discussions by union members are protected by the National Labor Relation Act (NLRA). Employers’ efforts to curb these discussions violate federal law.  

The comments by a representative of Boeing Ethics occurred during a new employee orientation meeting on August 17, according to SPEEA. In addition to this alleged violation of labor law, SPEEA has received numerous complaints from employees about managers telling them to remove and not display union material at their personal workstation.

Employees also report finding union-related items removed from individual work areas when they arrive at work to start a new work day. SPEEA is gathering additional information and has asked members to document and report any such conversations with managers or the removal of items from their desks.  

SPEEA is presently negotiating new contracts with Boeing for 23,000 engineers and technical workers, primarily in the Puget Sound region. The union presented its full proposal to Boeing on June 15. The company has not yet presented a contract offer to the union. Existing contracts expire October 6. 

A local of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE), SPEEA represents 26,560 aerospace professionals at Boeing, Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita, Kansas, and Triumph Composite Systems, Inc. in Spokane, Washington.



The Boeing Company is a multinational aerospace and defense corporation which was founded in 1916 by William E. Boeing in Seattle, Washington. The company has expanded over the years, and merged with McDonnell Douglas in 1997. Boeing moved its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Chicago, Illinois, in 2001. Boeing is made up of multiple business units, which are Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA); Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS); Engineering, Operations & Technology; Boeing Capital; and Boeing Shared Services Group. Boeing is among the largest global aircraft manufacturers, and the third largest aerospace and defense contractor in the world based on defense-related revenue. The company is the largest exporter by value in the US.

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