Spirit AeroSystems, Inc. ("Spirit"), based in
Wichita, Kansas, is the world's largest
first-tier aerostructures manufacturer. The
company builds several important pieces of
Boeing aircraft, including the fuselage of the
737, portions of the 787 fuselage, and the
cockpit (referred to as "Flight Deck" by Boeing)
of nearly all of its airliners. Spirit also
produces fuselage sections and front wing spars
for the Airbus A350.
Spirit employees in Wichita build fuselage
sections for all current Boeing programs, which
includes the 737, 747, 767, 777 and 787
aircraft; nacelle, strut and pylon components
for the 737, 747,767 and 777; as well as
components for the Bombardier C Series and the
Mitsubishi Regional Jet.
Using the misnomer of "insourcing," Spirit's
sale of its fabrication unit, a major
manufacturing operation, and plans to use
outside contractor employees in tool supply,
shipping, paint stores and other support
functions will displace IAM-represented workers.
The IAM lawsuit alleges these actions are a
breach of the IAM-Spirit AeroSystems agreement.
The IAM will request a federal district court to
issue an injunction prohibiting Spirit from
selling the fabrication unit or outsourcing any
union jobs pending arbitration of the dispute.