The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) overwhelmingly rejected Boeing's contract offer tonight. Engineers in the Professional unit rejected the contract by 9,770 to 454; workers in the Technical unit rejected it by 5,327 to 154.
“We hope the vote results clear away the nonsense and allow us to begin substantive negotiations,” SPEEA executive director Ray Goforth said in a prepared statement. “Until now, meaningful discussions have eluded us because the Boeing negotiating team was convinced they understood the members better than the SPEEA negotiating team. With this question resolved, our expectation is that everyone can focus upon getting a mutually acceptable agreement.”
The current contract expires October 6, but no strike authorization vote is currently scheduled.