Boeing and its engineers and technical union are back at the negotiating table Thursday after the union presented the company with a proposal to incorporate areas of agreement from the ongoing contract negotiations and extend the contracts for another four years.
The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace presented Boeing with the offer during negotiations on Wednesday with assistance from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
An agreement between the parties would stem off a strike by 23,000 engineers and technical workers in two SPEEA units in Washington, Oregon and Utah.
In October, engineers rejected Boeing’s offer of a contract by 95.5 percent; technical workers rejected it by 97 percent.
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Since negotiations resumed this month, union members have increased preparations for a potential work stoppage.
A strike would impact Spirit AeroSystems, which builds parts of all Boeing commercial airliners.
“These negotiations have been going on for more than a year,” Tom McCarty, SPEEA president, said in a statement. “At this point, we should move forward with the items upon which we can agree, and leave the status quo in place for the remaining items.”
SPEEA also asked Boeing to continue to meet with a federal mediator “to tackle the difficult issues that have proven so divisive in these negotiations,” the union said in a statement.