Will we have to strike?
Withholding labor and walking off the job is always a last resort for workers. The very rare need for employees to strike can always be traced to an employer taking some drastic action against its own workforce.
In SPEEA’s 73-year history, the only significant work stoppage occurred in 2000 after Boeing tried to drastically slash benefits, severely limit pay increases and take other actions against employees. Even after contract talks resulted in 99% of SPEEA members voting to reject the company’s initial contract offer along with voting to give their Negotiation Team the power to call a strike, SPEEA went back to the table and continued talking with the company for three months. Members then voted down a second contract offer. With Boeing still refusing to budge off its hardline stance, members realized walking off the job was the only way to stop the company from hurting its professional workforce.