Contract vote nears for Boeing Wichita engineers

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- The union representing engineers and technical workers at Boeing Wichita is preparing to vote on extending its existing contract for two years.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/p8aeKo ) the aircraft maker and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace reached a tentative agreement this week to extend the contract. The union represents about 600 Wichita workers whose current contract expires Dec. 2.

A SPEEA official told The Eagle the extension is the union's best option because of uncertainty about future business at the Wichita plant. The official, B.J. Moore, says the main issue is the plant's uncertain role in Boeing's tanker contract with the U.S. Air Force.

Union members are scheduled to vote Sept. 26 on keeping the current contract in place for two more years.

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Information from: The Wichita Eagle, http://www.kansas.com