Spirit AeroSystems Union To Seek Arbitration

By: Associated Press - Posted by Suzie Gilbert
By: Associated Press - Posted by Suzie Gilbert

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ The technical and engineering union for
Spirit AeroSystems says it's preparing to file a lawsuit in an
effort to obtain an outside arbitrator.
The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/HnjTKf ) reported that the
union alleges Spirit refuses to honor the grievance process from a
dispute over changes to the employee rating system.
The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace
represents 900 Spirit AeroSystems engineers and technical workers
in its bargaining units.
The union says Spirit is refusing to honor the contractual
grievance process. It says that under the process, disputes
regarding alleged violations of bargaining agreements typically go
to an independent arbitrator for a final judgment.
Spirit AeroSystems spokesman Ken Evans says it would be
unfortunate if SPEEA chooses to take legal action and stressed that
Spirit ``values'' its labor unions.


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