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Boeing Strike Heats Up ; Union Sues (Feb. 17)

SEATTLE---The union representing striking Boeing engineers and technical workers filed two more unfair labor charges against the company today.

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) filed charges based on Boeing's decision to cease dues deductions and for engaging in surveillance of employees. The charges were filed with District 19 of the U.S. National Labor Relations Board.

More than 19,500 engineers and other technical workers walked off the job at Boeing facilities Wednesday, Feb. 9, in what is now the largest white-collar strike against a corporation in U.S. history.
The first charge alleges the company violated federal labor laws when it unilaterally stopped deducting union dues from employees' paychecks. Boeing made the change without bargaining in good faith to impass.

The second charge alleges the company violated federal law by using videotape and other means of surveillance to document employees engaged in union activities.

"Boeing continues to use bullying tactics against its employees,'' said Charles Bofferding, executive director of SPEEA (IFPTE, AFL-CIO). "We cannot allow these tactics to be used without responding accordingly.''

The two charges join five others filed by the union against the company in recent months.

Union officials believe the company has now missed delivery dates on at least one dozen aircraft and maybe as high as 19 aircraft since workers walked off the job one week ago. The company has also fallen behind on key programs, including the F22 fighter, and Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) proposal work. The strike is also having a heavy impact on customer service and production.

Numbers of striking members continue to hold while membership in the voluntary membership union continues to climb. "We are prepared for a long campaign,'' said Bofferding. "This is not just a fight for SPEEA. This is a fight for every person who has built a career and a life at Boeing. We're going to stick together and we are going to win.''

Separately, SPEEA Issued the Following :

Boeing Continues to Violate Labor Law, Union Says