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Engineering union expects counterproposal from Spirit AeroSystems today

Spirit AeroSystems‘ engineering union expects the company to present a counterproposal on a labor agreement today, the union said.

“We remain far apart on major issues,” officials of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace said in a memo. “While the company is showing signs that movement may be possible on some issues, negotiations are very difficult.”

The two sides are in the midst of negotiating a new contract for more than 700 Spirit AeroSystems engineers.

The current contract is scheduled to expire July 11. But provisions have been made to extend the contract if it’s necessary, the union said.