Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace negotiators are recommending that members of its professional and technical unit in Puget Sound reject Boeing’s offer of a labor contract.
SPEEA bargaining unit council members voted unanimously to recommend rejection.
The union says that the offer includes wage pools that are the lowest since 1975, and that the offer increases costs for medical benefits, changes retireee benefits and eliminates disability and life insurance benefits for those on military leave.
The union represents 23,000 professional and technical workers at Boeing in Puget Sound.
Votes will be counted Oct. 1. Members aren’t voting on whether to strike.
A strike vote could come later, the union said.
“A strong rejection of these contract offers will send a loud message to Boeing corporate leaders that they must return to negotiations ready to actually negotiate a contract that respects our contributions,” union leaders said in a statement.