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Boeing takes a friendlier approach with latest union contract for engineers

Posted On: Feb 15, 2020   |   Posted By: Fortune

Boeing's new leadership is moving quickly to embrace the company's engineering roots and reinvigorate the white-collar workers who design and develop its sophisticated planes, satellites, and missiles.
Late Thursday, the company announced a proposed labor-friendly contract extension through 2026 with the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace , the union representing about 18,000 of its engineers and technical employees. In a memo to workers Friday morning, Boeing's chief engineer, Greg Hyslop, said the company is committed to strengthening its engineering chops.
During the past year, the aerospace giant has been publicly hammered by industry analysts and members of Congress for fostering a finances-first culture thatlaid the seeds for two crashes of the 737 Max five months apart that killed 346 people. Internal communications by Boeing workers indicate the company downplayed the significance of a new flight control system to avoid regulators requiring additional pilot training,...

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