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SPEEA files 2nd complaint against Spirit

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, June 28, 2013, at 11:10 a.m.
  • Updated Friday, June 28, 2013, at 11:16 a.m.

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace has filed a second unfair labor practice charge this month with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Kansas City, Mo., office.

SPEEA alleges in the complaint filed June 21 that Spirit AeroSystems officials have repeatedly refused to answer “even basic questions” during scheduled meetings for employees to appeal lowered performance management ratings.

“Refusing to bargain in this manner violates union contracts, federal labor laws and Spirit’s own policies,” Bob Brewer, SPEEA Midwest director, said in a statement.

More than 70 union-represented employees are appealing their performa nce management ratings, which they recently received from Spirit. The ratings are used to grant raises, give promotions and in extreme cases to terminate employees.

Spirit says the charges are unfounded.

“We believe once the Board has all the facts, we’re confident they will dismiss (the charges),” said Spirit spokesman Ken Evans.

Earlier this month, SPEEA filed another charge against Spirit. SPEEA alleges that managers refused to answer questions during formal grievance meetings regarding the company’s “abrupt and arbitrary” firing of 38 employees in March, the union said.

Both charges are now before the National Labor Relations Board.

Reach Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @mmcmillin.

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