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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sign the Petition Asking Boeing to Give Equal Benefits to Gay Workers

Posted by on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 at 12:18 PM

After Boeing execs and union negotiators clashed last week, an employee launched petition asking the company to grant equal pension survivor benefits to married gay employees.

Kenneth Aphibal is one of the company's 23,000 engineers and technical workers, who make up the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA). His petition says, "Even though Boeing is not required to extend survivor benefits to employees of same-sex married couples because pensions are governed by federal law, which currently does not recognize same-sex marriage, I hope you will use this opportunity to do the right thing and stand strongly for equality."

Of course, federal law doesn't prevent Boeing from granting those benefits.

The petition has gained over 500 signatures since it was launched yesterday—but they're aiming for 50,000 signatures to show mass public support. If you think that Boeing—which holds a huge workforce in Washington, where gay marriage was legalized this month—should grant equal benefits to gay couples here, then...


Since we broke the news last week, SPEEA president Ray Goforth, says it "started a firestorm" of controversy and media interest. The story went viral, grabbing headlines on scores of blogs and sites including Gawker, Huffington Post, the Advocate, and in local media, including the Seattle Times. Boeing executives and union negotiators have sat down twice since their meeting last week, Goforth says, but the company's position hasn't changed. Goforth intends to press the issue in talks next week.

"It's a core human rights issue," says Goforth. "So I don't see that SPEEA would ever give up on this issue, absent some very compelling explanation from the employer. The explanation that they gave us was they they didn't want to do it because didn't have to—and that wasn't a compelling reason. That was an excuse for discrimination."



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watchout5 3
I'm personally not buying any Boeing plane until this is resolved.
Posted by watchout5 on November 30, 2012 at 3:11 AM · Report this
I signed. Plus, I'm totally not buying any more airplanes from Boeing until this changes.
Posted by Mr. Happy Sunshine on November 29, 2012 at 1:34 PM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 1
Mr Holden, I suspect the Boeing Employees Credit Union probably has nothing to do with Boeing, other than the name, but do you know if they can bring any pressure to bear on this issue?
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on November 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM · Report this

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