Spirit, SPEEA resume negotiations

Spirit AeroSystems and its professional and technical union returned to the bargaining table Thursday, the first round of talks since members rejected the company's contract offer July 28.

"We're engaged at this time," said Bob Brewer, Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace Midwest director, during a break in negotiations Thursday afternoon.

During the day, SPEEA presented Spirit with a new offer. Brewer declined to give details of the proposal or to say how talks were going.

A mediator from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service was called in to observe the talks.

SPEEA represents 2,300 employees in the Wichita bargaining group. Members overwhelmingly rejected last month's contract offer.

"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," Spirit said in a statement.

"Spirit is well-positioned to succeed in this rate-increasing environment, but that makes it all the more important we find a way to do so in partnership with our employees to keep the company healthy and the team for the future intact."