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Boeing Engineers ‘Not in Any Hurry’ to Follow Machinists Accord

December 13, 2011

Dec. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co.’s engineering union is “not in any hurry” to reach a new contract ahead of the agreement’s October expiration after the Machinists ratified a new labor accord this week.

Talks with Boeing have been exploratory, not “secret negotiations” like those that led to an early Machinists Union contract, said Ray Goforth, executive director of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace.

“We’re not in any hurry,” Goforth said today in an interview. “We have a good contract and think we deserve an even better contract. The company is certainly in a much better position than it was in 2008, and we deserve a contract that rewards our members’ contribution to their success.”

The union represents about 25,000 engineers and technical workers at Chicago-based Boeing. The new Machinists contract came nine months before the old one was due to end, eliminates a strike threat through 2016, provides 2 percent annual wage increases and offers assurances that a revamped 737 jet will be built in the commercial-planemaking hub centered on Seattle.

--Editors: Ed Dufner, Stephen West

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