Structures Engineer & SPEEA Young Member Committee member
Having a union contract creates a minimum for health benefits, so Boeing can give more but cannot give less than the contract. At my last year at UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS), the company made serious cuts to health benefits, almost doubling the deductible along with other cuts. I had no guarantee that the company would not take away or cut health care benefits from year to year because I was working at UTAS without a union contract.
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Vedad Mahmulyin - Boeing Engineer of the Year 2015 & SPEEA member
The union is essential to Boeing’s existence. Airplanes are not cars or software. Engineering mistakes can destroy life and the airline industry. Having an experienced, respected and team-oriented engineering workforce is essential to Boeing’s success. I do not want to fly on an airplane designed by engineers who have to negotiate their own raises and benefits, stepping over other engineers to prove their worth or superiority. Teamwork and willingness to share knowledge is key to our collective success and Boeing’s existence.