Update, November 11: We’re cautiously optimistic a settlement will be reached without a strike.
A strike authorization vote by SPEEA members is scheduled for tomorrow in the contract negotiations with Boeing, but it’s likely to be postponed until a final offer comes in from Boeing.
If this is like the IAM process, a strike authorization is different from an actual strike vote. It’s sort of a sense of the membership. The IAM had a vote in July that long preceded the actual strike vote September 3.
Right now things don’t look encouraging but they also don’t seem quite as bleak at the situation preceding the IAM contract votes.
The best description is that the situation is highly fluid and uncertain.