Union sets up meeting for Boeing employees

By Liz Segrist
lsegrist@scbiznews.com
Published May 12, 2014

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace will hold an open house for aerospace workers and Boeing employees in North Charleston Tuesday night.

Union representatives will inform six Boeing South Carolina employees how much money they will receive from a recent $47 million arbitration award settlement with the aerospace giant, according to the union’s Communications Director Bill Dugovich.

Six Boeing South Carolina employees will find out their pay outs from a $47 million arbitration award settlement with Boeing during a meeting with union representatives tomorrow. (Photo provided)

Six Boeing South Carolina employees will find out their pay outs from a $47 million arbitration award settlement with Boeing during a meeting with union representatives tomorrow. (Photo provided by Boeing Co.)

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Following the settlement that took 13 years to reach, 484 current and former Boeing employees who worked in California are receiving wages and benefits they were denied when Boeing did not honor contracts, according to the union. Union representatives will inform Boeing employees in Huntsville, Ala., as well this week.

The average award is $97,000. Some employees will not receive anything, while others will receive roughly $400,000, based on their time with the company.

“Boeing spent more than a decade and countless dollars trying to break its contracts with these employees,” said the union’s director of strategic development, Rich Plunkett, who worked the issue since its start. “It’s disappointing it took so long, but the employees prevailed.”

Union representatives will also spend time at the open house talking with local employees about the benefits of the union, Dugovich said.

“We’re calling it an open house. People on transfer that are in Charleston are invited, as well as anyone that wants to learn about the union,” Dugovich said.

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace does not have any plans to send out mass mailings to Boeing South Carolina employees or set up an office in the region, Dugovich said.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union opened an office in North Charleston earlier this year in an effort to organize Boeing South Carolina employees.

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees represents Boeing employees in Washington, Oregon, Utah, California, Florida and Kansas. The open house will be at the Embassy Suites Hotel at 5055 International Blvd. in North Charleston on Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Reach staff writer Liz Segrist at 843-849-3119 or @lizsegrist on Twitter.

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