Compensation data delays Spirit, SPEEA main table negotiations

Spirit AeroSystems and Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace officials said Thursday that negotiations were mutually postponed late Wednesday "for the immediate future."

The postponement, the organizations said in a joint news release, was prompted by a need for additional research on compensation data.

"Rather than rushing to truncate the process to meet an arbitrary deadline, the teams have agreed to take the time to further review data in order to proceed to a mutually beneficial agreement," a statement said.

Spirit and SPEEA's Wichita Technical Professional Unit formally began negotiations on Monday. The unit's current contract with Spirit expires July 11. The unit represents 2,300 professional non-engineering employees in Wichita

Negotiations are expected to resume July 5, but the current contract will be extended, if needed, to offset the delay, a statement said.