Overtime is a major concern throughout aerospace

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December 2017

Excessive overtime hours are a major factor behind career burnout, bad morale at work and troubles at home, according to respondents to the Friend of SPEEA, "What is Your Time Worth?" survey. 

SPEEA follows the effects of changes to overtime pay in the aerospace industry. Overtime concerns grew after Boeing changed to the Extended Work Week (EWW) and other companies discontinued overtime pay. Noting growing concerns throughout the industry, Friend of SPEEA surveyed participants about overtime issues.

Hundreds of non-union aerospace professionals from dozens of companies in at least 13 states responded.

Among the findings:

  • More than 85% of respondents indicated they are not paid for all overtime hours worked.

Asked how many overtime hours they work each week, the  breakdown shows:

  • 1-4 hours/week: 27%

  • 5-10 hours/week: 26%

  • 11-15 hours/week: 5%

  • 16-20 hours/week: 3%

Top concerns related to companies’ overtime policy or practice:

  • Working extra hours for free: 63%

  • Bad moral: 51%

  • Burn out on the job: 46%

SPEEA contracts ensure represented employees are paid a premium for working overtime. This means SPEEA professional represented employees at Boeing are still guaranteed pay for every hour worked plus a differential of $6.50/hr.

Non-union employees have no assurance they will be paid for working extra hours. Notably, 90% of survey respondents said they are concerned about the personal impact of working extra hours.

If you haven't completed the survey, click here to complete it.


Katie Barrows