Spirit, SPEEA return to the bargaining table

Spirit AeroSystems and its professional and technical union return to the bargaining table today, the first round of talks after members overwhelmingly rejected the company’s offer of a contract on July 28.

Members rejected the 9 1/2 year agreement by 96 percent.

A mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service will be in attendance to observe the talks between Spirit and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace.

SPEEA represents 2,300 employees in the Wichita bargaining group.

Spirit said its first order of business is to listen to a proposal from the union.

“We remain committed to an outcome that keeps our company healthy and the team for the future intact, a model that shares risks and rewards with our SPEEA employees through a long-term agreement we can all support,” the company said in a statement.