** FILE ** In this Feb. 19, 2008 file photo from Singapore, a model of a Boeing 737 is seen at the Boeing booth at the exhibition hall of the Singapore Air Show. Boeing Co., the world's second biggest commercial airplane manufacturer, on Wednesday, April 23, 2008 said that it earned a better-than-expected $1.2 billion in the first quarter, a 38 percent increase from a year ago as its backlog of orders grew to a new record high. (AP Photo/Maye-E Wong, file)
SEATTLE - Contract talks between Boeing Co. and the union representing about 700 Wichita engineers have started.
At issue is a contract that expires December 5th, and covers mostly
work on military projects.
The start of talks today came on the same day ballots were prepared for contract ratification voting by another group of Boeing workers. About 20,000 of those workers are in the Seattle area and about 550 are in Utah, California and Oregon.
Tentative agreement was reached Friday on a four-year deal
between Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering
Employees in Aerospace. The deal includes wage increases averaging
five-percent a year, higher pension payments and improvements in
medical coverage with small cost increases for employees.