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Boeing settlement.

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.

Other terms include a limit on mandatory overtime work, to 144 hours (formerly, 200) in a quarter and to no more than two consecutive weekends (formerly, four), and overtime pay at base rate plus $6.50 per hour for professional unit employees; improvements in health care, including coverage of routine physical exams and well-baby care, and enhanced benefits for vision, inhome health and hospice care, organ donor expenses, and substance abuse and eating disorder treatment; a $500 increase in the annual maximum dental benefit (to $1,500) and $300 in the orthodontia maximum (to $1,500); a pretax dependent care spending account in 1991; and various retirement plan changes, including a $30 minimum monthly benefit for all years of credited service for active employees and an increase in retired employees' benefits, up to a maximum of $200 per month. *
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Title Annotation:Seattle Professional Engineering Employees Assn. agreement
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Apr 1, 1990
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