Boeing’s engineers’ union, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, made a documentary about its 40-day strike in 2000.
First reaction: Wow, technology has come a long way in 8 years.
Second thought: Union leaders for both SPEEA and the Machinists have used a lot of the same phrases: “Boeing has stopped listening to us” and “It’s about respect” and, of course, “No nerds, no birds.”
SPEEA and Boeing are continuing talks today. The company still hopes to make a final offer this week.
From Ray Goforth, SPEEA’s executive director in 2008 negotiations (sent today): “The manner in which negotiations are conducted has consequences.”
I’ll post further installments of this piece over the week.
Here’s the first part off of YouTube: