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The Speea union, which represents 23,000 engineers and technical workers at Boeing (BA), will...

The Speea union, which represents 23,000 engineers and technical workers at Boeing (BA), will decide by Thursday next week whether to hold a vote over strike action following the troubled plane-maker's latest and "final" four-year contract offer. Speea's leadership has recommended that members reject Boeing's proposal.
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  • Mike2640
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    they will find themselves in the same position as the machinist if they go on strike. Boeing will begin moving their work to s carolina. they already are the best paid in the area, why not be grateful for the fact that they have a job. dumb
    23 Jan 2013, 06:41 AM Reply Like
  • SquareHead
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    I was a Speea member until I retired and I walked out on the last strike. A couple of observations:


    Speea only recommended the settlement package during the last strike (about 10-15 years ago?)because it had agency fee.


    After becoming flush with funds Speea began to act more like Teamsters than a profession organization.


    Boeing needs to keep the turnover of engineers low. They will pay national market rate to keep engineers. This usually exceeds the Speea negotiated pools which makes them irrelevant.


    The best thing Speea does is sets ground rules for how the Company treats it engineers. Retention ratings, due process for grievances (both sides), performance reviews etc. You know where you stand.


    Any union has to manufacture conflict with the employer to stay relevant. Speea is going down that road.


    Speea does negotiate for pay raises for underperforming engineers. This hurts the company by compressing salaries and enticing under performers to stay. This is probably the thing that puts a strain the high performing engineers and the company the most. The engineers who support Speea most fervently are generally not the most valuable employees.


    I have mixed feelings on the union. Some good some bad. Overall Speea is a neutral factor. I don't believe Speea pushes the cost of engineering much higher if any higher at all.
    23 Jan 2013, 03:07 PM Reply Like
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