Boeing’s second-largest union, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), said it had filed a complaint against the plane maker, alleging it had violated federal law during an employee orientation meeting.
A statement posted on the SPEEA’s Internet site said the complaint had been filed with the National Labour Relations board, an independent body that investigates unfair labour practices.
It said union representatives heard Boeing officials tell new employees they were prohibited from making negative comments about their employment. The union said any bid to curb discussion violated federal law as such discussions were protected by the National Labour Relations Act.
SPEEA represents more than 25,000 engineers at Boeing and other aerospace plants in the United States.
The union made its allegations as it negotiates new contracts with Boeing for 23,000 engineers and technical workers. The existing contracts expire in October and Boeing has yet to present its new offer to the union, SPEEA said.