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Spirit AeroSystems engineers begin voting today

The third time could be a charm. Spirit AeroSystems engineers begin voting today on whether to accept the company’s offer of a labor contract. It’s the third offer from Spirit.

Members of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace have twice rejected the company’s proposals.

Polls are open today and Thursday from 11 .m. to 7 p.m. at the SPEEA office at 978 S. Glendale.

SPEEA represents more than 700 Spirit engineers.

Union negotiators unanimously recommend acceptance of the third offer they call “new and improved.”

The offer includes: guaranteed 3 percent bonus in 2010.

Guaranteed minimum increases in 2011 and 2012, along with increases from market salary pools with no caps.

Bonuses of 5 percent to 10 percent in 2011 and 6 percent to 12 percent for the final two years of the agreement if Spirit meets its targets.

Hours worked above 40 hours a week are compensated, depending on the circumstances, by pay or comp time.

Regular employees have priority over contract labor during layoffs and shortened work weeks.

Negotiations began June 9. A federal mediator was called in for the third round of talks.

Check back tomorrow evening for the results.