Message to Employees
***This message is being sent from the Boeing Negotiations team to all SPEEA-represented employees and their managers***
Nov. 30, 2012
Update on Boeing's proposal for mediation in SPEEA talks
Boeing has been in contact with senior officials of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) in Washington D.C. The Deputy Director of the FMCS told Boeing that he would be available to meet with SPEEA and Boeing in Washington, D.C. beginning on Monday, December 3. Boeing accepted the invitation.
Boeing then asked SPEEA if they would attend. Unfortunately, SPEEA is declining to attend on Monday. We hope SPEEA will reconsider. We believe the involvement of senior officials of the FMCS is necessary to expedite the process. One of the FMCS' primary missions is to assist parties in collective bargaining who are unable to reach agreement after protracted talks.
Boeing and SPEEA have been in talks since April. The contract has expired. The dialogue during the meeting between the Boeing and SPEEA negotiating teams on November 29 demonstrated that the sides are far apart on the key economic issues. The time is right to ask for help from the experts at mediation, people who regularly get involved in high profile labor negotiations and who have a good track record of helping parties bridge their differences.
Given that SPEEA has declined to go to Washington, D. C. to meet with FMCS officials there, Boeing is prepared to invite an FMCS official to meet with the parties at a location in the Seattle area away from either Boeing's or SPEEA's facilities so the two parties can meet for concentrated periods of time singularly focused on trying to reach an agreement.
Boeing Negotiations Team:
- Julie-Ellen Acosta, vice president, Human Resources, Commercial Airplanes
- Conrad Ball, Functional Engineering director, Boeing Military Aircraft
- Mark Burgess, chief engineer, Engineering, Operations & Technology
- Mike Delaney, vice president, Engineering, Commercial Airplanes
- Gene Woloshyn, vice president, Employee Relations, Boeing
- Todd Zarfos, vice president, Engineering - Commercial Aviation Services, senior chief engineer of Support