SPEEA vote on Boeing contract offer to include strike authorization

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace said its members will vote next week to approve or reject Boeing Co.’s latest contract offer – and whether to authorize a strike.

SPEEA said in a news release that representatives of its professional and technical bargaining unit councils approved including the strike authorization at a special meeting on Thursday. The vote on a strike authorization gives the negotiation teams the authority to call a strike, SPEEA spokesman Bill Dugovich said.

The councils’ representatives also voted to join the two negotiation teams in recommending that members reject Boeing’s contract offer. The offer covers 7,400 technical and 15,5000 professional employees at Boeing facilities in Washington, Oregon, Utah and California.

SPEEA said ballots will be mailed Tuesday, and members will have until 5 p.m. on Feb. 19 to submit their votes.

“A strong contract rejection of the offers and strike authorization will give the negotiation teams additional bargaining power to secure contracts that respect SPEEA members’ contributions to Boeing’s continued success,” SPEEA said in the release.