ILCA LABOR MEDIA WARD WINNER
Special section - P5-7
New contract for Wichita engineers at Spirit
WICHITA - SPEEA members of the Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU) voted to approve a new six-year contract with Spirit AeroSystems by a 70% margin.
The final tally showed 400 to accept and 173 to
reject, with 81% of the members casting valid
ballots. The new contract takes effect Dec. 2
and continues through Dec. 1, 2024.
Ballots were counted by members and validated
by Tellers at the SPEEA Wichita office Oct. 16.
• Annual raises
• Increased overtime pay
• $4,000 signing bonus
• Changes to medical plans
• Performance Management
“We were able to secure a number of improvements needed and sought by members,” said
SPEEA Midwest Director B.J. Moore. “Like
all negotiations, both sides needed to, and did
make some compromises.”
Formal negotiations started in May and continued through the summer and fall. When
the offer was lifted for a vote Sept. 24, the
union held a number of lunchtime and after-work meetings to present the offer and answer
members’ questions. Ballots were mailed to the
homes of members Sept. 28.
The SPEEA WEU Negotiation Team included
R Matthew Joyce, chair, Elisa Acosta, vice
chair, John Poettker, secretary, Keith Covert
and Eric Stewart.
Counting ballots Midwest members helped union Tellers with the ballot count at the SPEEA Wichita office Oct. 16. From left are Dave Driver, Midwest Teller R.G. Reser, Joe Abbott and Rick Nelson.
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