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SPEEA: Talks with Spirit AeroSystems "grim and disappointing"

Negotiations between Spirit AeroSystems and its engineering union continue this week, but the union has a tough challenge ahead of it, Midwest director Bob Brewer said this morning.

The contract between Spirit engineers and the Society of  Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace expires July 11.

The talks took a “grim and disappointing” turn on Friday when discussions turned toward benefits and compensation, the union said.

“We were thoroughly surprised by the first run of the economic issues,” Brewer said.

SPEEA is continuing to work with the company, Brewer said.  He is hopeful talks will conclude this week.