SEATTLE Feb 22 Boeing Co and its
engineering union have agreed to resume talks on Wednesday to
replace an expired contract for 7,500 technical workers, another
step toward settling negotiations that have continued for nearly
Boeing said it had agreed to resume the talks with the
Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace
(SPEEA) under the auspices of the Federal Mediation and
Conciliation Service, which has been involved in the talks since
December. The union also said it had sought talks next week.
The resumption of talks comes after technical workers, one
of two SPEEA bargaining units at Boeing, voted narrowly on
Tuesday to reject Boeing's latest offer. The other unit,
representing 15,500 professional engineers, voted narrowly to
accept the offer.
Both units had authorized the union to call a strike in the
vote, but the engineers' authorization is moot, since it agreed
to the contract and that agreement prohibits workers from
striking while a contract is in effect.
The union on Friday launched a survey of its technical
workers, asking which issues they think are priorities for the
next stage of negotiations.