|Labor Day and other Summer/Fall SPEEA Events happening in your region.
|The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) found The Boeing Company violated labor law and is ordering it to provide wage rates, regional salary information and productivity data from various company locations to SPEEA. The order further instructs Boeing to provide notice of the ruling to all the employees whose collective bargaining rights were violated.
Issued Thursday (July 31) from the NLRB national office, the order stemmed from an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge filed by SPEEA during 2012 negotiations for the Professional and Technical units. Issued by Administrative Law Judge Dickie Montemayor, the order said SPEEA’s formal data request during negotiations sought relevant information because of statements made by Boeing Vice President of Engineering Mike Delaney at the negotiation table and to the news media.
“The judge’s ruling is a complete repudiation of every argument Boeing proffered,” said SPEEA Executive Director Ray Goforth. “The long and difficult negotiations we had in 2012-2013 were a direct result of Boeing engaging in illegal intimidation of employees in the workplace and these illegal tactics at the bargaining table.
|“The information sought clearly had a bearing on the bargaining process,” Montemayor wrote. The company’s “failure to provide requested information undermined and tainted the bargaining process.”
||Administrative Law Judge Decision
In May, Boeing was found guilty of illegally intimidating SPEEA members through the use of surveillance.
This pattern of disdain towards the workforce and the laws that protect those workers should worry everyone who is a stakeholder in The Boeing Company," Goforth said. “This lawless behavior is not helpful.”
A hearing on the charge was held in February, 2014, more than one year after the original filing and when new contracts between Boeing and SPEEA were approved by union members.
One notable defense Boeing made at the hearing was to describe a news article by Bloomberg News as “inaccurate and unreliable.” In rejecting this argument, the judge noted that Boeing only made that assertion before him but never sought a retraction or correction from Bloomberg at the time it was published.
Appalled by the movement of engineering and pilot jobs outside of Washington and the extensive layoffs at Boeing and Spirit in Wichita, SPEEA leaders took important steps at last month’s Leadership Conference to push the issue of corporate accountability in tax subsidy programs.
Tax incentives have economic value when they support well-paying jobs in the local community. It is unfathomable that companies should benefit from massive public tax breaks only to lay off thousands of skilled workers.
The SPEEA Council passed a motion in June formalizing the union’s position that industry tax breaks must be contingent on creating living-wage jobs in local communities.
Northwest leaders also signed an open thank you letter to Washington state elected officials who share SPEEA members’ frustration over jobs leaving the state. Many lawmakers have expressed urgency to add employment conditions to the state’s $8.7 billion aerospace tax preference measure, which is SPEEA’s key legislative issue.
The intent of the legislature to maintain and grow Washington’s aerospace workforce is clearly stated in the aerospace tax bill (SB 5259) passed last November in a rushed special session. However, there are currently no requirements for companies to do so while benefiting from the largest state tax break in U.S. history. (continued)
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