Feb 13 A union representing engineers and
technical workers at Boeing Co filed a complaint with the
National Labor Relations Board accusing the airplane maker's
security personnel of stopping union members from distributing
leaflets on a labor contract ballot at the Everett factory.
Boeing and the union, that represents its 23,000 engineers,
are locked in a labor contract dispute. Boeing is currently
beset by battery problems on board of its Dreamliner jets.
The new contract proposed by Boeing is now being voted by
the union members. The ballots mailed on Feb. 5 recommends
members reject the "best and final" contract that Boeing offered
on Jan. 17. The votes will be tallied on Feb. 19.
Amidst the voting, Society of Professional Engineering
Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) said late on Wednesday that the
complaint filed with the labor relations board include reports
of managers holding mandatory meetings with employees to
"interrogate and intimidate them regarding the current contract
"We are extremely disappointed in the company's misconduct,"
Ray Goforth, SPEEA executive director, said in a statement.
Boeing's offer extends the terms of the previous contract
for another four years and includes 5 percent annual pay raises
for professional and technical workers.
However, the union has balked at a Boeing contract that it
says would cut the growth rate of compensation of professional
and technical employees. Boeing says its latest offer is much
improved over its initial proposal and reflects a tough
In October, SPEEA accused the airplane maker of videotaping
members marching for contract talks, seizing their cameras and
deleting photos. The labor relations board is yet to give a
verdict on the complaint.