WHO ARE WE AND WHY ARE WE FORMING OUR UNION?

 

As professional aerospace employees we take great pride in our work at The Boeing Company. We are coming together to have a say in our pay, benefits and working conditions.

Among the issues bringing us together are:

·         Work moving out of Seal Beach and the resulting loss of jobs.

·         Increasing health care costs.

·         Inconsistent performance management of employees

·         Lack of professional development for skill maintenance and enhancement

We want Boeing to succeed and to share in that success. As professional aerospace workers, we deserve a seat at the table as full stakeholders and a voice in the decisions that impact our work, our careers and our families.

Hear from some of us about why we’re forming our union:

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Judy Tran
Service Engineer
Bldg 81.3

I want fairness in terms of working conditions and health benefits when compared to other union members. I want to have a voice in negotiations. I also want a contract to reduce the impact to Seal Beach if the work moves elsewhere.

John Williams
Environmental Remediation Engineer/Scientist

Bldg 80.4

I love my work and I love working for Boeing. However, I’ve seen too many changes that concern me. I want a union at Seal Beach for one simple reason. I want Boeing to be the global, industrial champion we talk about in staff meetings. The company talks about ‘collaboration,’ but it can’t continue to be a one-way street. Establishing a union and negotiating a contract creates a structure and processes for meaningful collaboration. It becomes a relationship with clear goals and metrics that outlasts the next shuffle of managers, change of HR systems or rebranding of performance management.

Ross Hirsch
Systems Engineer
Bldg. 80.5

I believe it's far better to have a single voice and have a say in our salary and benefits rather than assume you are in Boeing’s good graces. With a contract, we have a say when management wants to move work or take away overtime again or triple our medical premiums, or scrimp on the raise pool, or limit promotions. The list goes on and on unless it’s negotiated in a contract.

Luz Angel SRP Lead  Bldg 80.5   About 5 years ago, Boeing moved the support center from Seattle to Seal Beach, and like many of my peers, I followed the work down to SoCal. At first, I didn’t think it would be that big of a difference to be non-union at Boeing, but I was shocked to see how management treated employees and how the expectations differed. In Seal Beach, there is no consistency and employees are afraid of management. Because my peers in the Northwest are union, they aren’t stressed out like we are in Seal Beach and the flow down of communication from management is much better. Being union allows for better conversation between management and employees to create a better work environment.

Luz Angel
SRP Lead
Bldg 80.5

About 5 years ago, Boeing moved the support center from Seattle to Seal Beach, and like many of my peers, I followed the work down to SoCal. At first, I didn’t think it would be that big of a difference to be non-union at Boeing, but I was shocked to see how management treated employees and how the expectations differed. In Seal Beach, there is no consistency and employees are afraid of management. Because my peers in the Northwest are union, they aren’t stressed out like we are in Seal Beach and the flow down of communication from management is much better. Being union allows for better conversation between management and employees to create a better work environment.

Paul Moehlman
Logistics Data Publications Specialist
Bldg. 80.3

We enjoy living in a world where we are free to make our own choices. In our current work environment, we have no choice, because we do not have a contract or a method for making our voices heard. Unless and until we have a contract, the only changes we can expect are for the worse. Creating a union at Seal Beach can be a major step toward having a more fair and equitable work environment.

Joseph Nguyen
Instructions for Continued Airworthiness - Subject Matter Expert
Bldg 80.3

I was once represented by the Southern California Professional Engineers Association (SCPEA) in Seal Beach but didn’t think it did anything for me. I joined others in voting it out in 2002. Since then, I have seen my salary and benefits changed many times without any chance to give input.

I realize now that we need to be part of a larger union by uniting with tens of thousands of our engineering colleagues across the country. We all contribute to the success of this company and it’s time for us to be treated as partners.

Ryan Hinds SRP Leader  Bldg 80.5   When I started working in Seal Beach four and a half years ago, I thought that having a non-union work site would give me the opportunity to make customer support better. However, management has ignored our concerns time and time again, and I soon realized that unhappy people do not provide the world-class service that our airline customers depend on. I want Boeing to be my forever place to work, the best place to work. This is why I am leading the charge to CREATE a future for my coworkers and I at Boeing.

Ryan Hinds
SRP Leader
Bldg 80.5

When I started working in Seal Beach four and a half years ago, I thought that having a non-union work site would give me the opportunity to make customer support better. However, management has ignored our concerns time and time again, and I soon realized that unhappy people do not provide the world-class service that our airline customers depend on. I want Boeing to be my forever place to work, the best place to work. This is why I am leading the charge to CREATE a future for my coworkers and I at Boeing.

Randy Morgan
Modification Project Tech Specialist
Bldg 81.1

With a union contract in place, the relationship between my employer and me is clearly defined and consistently maintained, not just at the whim of management. Without a contract, I have no input on decisions affecting my job and my life.

Cliff Kuykendall
AFM Widebody Lead

Bldg 80

I support forming a union to negotiate health care costs and compensation for differences in the cost of living here. I want a contract to guarantee these benefits in writing.

Ron Pasik
Stress Analysis Engineer

Bldg 81.2

I believe in fairness and equality in working conditions. Having a union contract can bring us more guarantees that we are treated equitably.

Chuck VanValkenburg
Illustrator - Maintenance and Repair Documents
Bldg 81.1

After moving down to California and not being union represented anymore, I see some areas where a contract would help all of us. When I was SPEEA-represented, I could see a raise table that had different percentages for how you met or exceeded in your performance. It was very clear what I was working towards. Contracts are a normal thing in business, we should have one.

Rick Lane
Technical Analyst

Bldg 81.1 OCIT

Based on the recent company history of cost cutting, I am concerned about job security. If Boeing moves our work, I would like the security of a contract. With a contract, we can be confident of the terms of our employment.

Additionally, I want a contract to lock in the cost of health care. The dramatic increases we experienced in 2017 were shocking. A contract covering a certain time period minimizes the surprises.