Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Boeing Settlement

Academic journal article Monthly Labor Review

Boeing Settlement

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In Seattle, WA, a 3-year agreement, covering some 15,000 engineers and scientists, was reached between the Seattle Professional Engineering Employees Association and The Boeing Co. Negotiations had resulted in a tentative settlement in November, in which most of the union's demands were met, except for those covering general wage increases, lump-sum payments, and cost-of-living allowances. The union had asked for wage increases of 19 percent in the first year and 8 percent in each of the second and third years, as well as lump-sum payments of 10 percent of gross earnings during the preceding 12 months in the first year, 5 percent in the second year, and 4 percent in the last year of the contract. The company's final offer included a 3-percent wage increase retroactive to December 3, 1989, and "selective adjustments" (for certain employees) of 2 percent every 6 months during the remaining term of the contract. (See Monthly Labor Review, March 1990, pp. 63-64.) The rank and file overwhelmingly rejected this tentative agreement, but did not authorize a job action. Negotiations were resumed early this year, and an accord was reached.

The new agreement provides for a 3-percent general wage increase retroactive to December 2, 1989; an immediate lump-sum payment equal to 10 percent of an employee's gross earnings during the preceding 12 months, followed by a similar 5-percent payment in December 1991 and a 4-percent payment in December 1992; and six 2-percent semiannual selective wage adjustment increases. …

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