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SPEEA Calls on Boeing to Stop Holding Families Hostage

Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) is making it easier for workers in the State to take time off from jobs to care for newborns or family members, unless you are a union-represented employee at The Boeing Company.

Ignoring repeated formal requests, Boeing uses a loophole in the state law to deny access to PFML to union-represented employees, including the nearly 18,000 engineers and technical workers represented by SPEEA in Washington.

The result is new parents and employees caring for family members are unable to access the state program that provides up to 12 weeks of paid time off. Local 2001/SPEEA Executive Director Ray Goforth commented, “Boeing needs to stop holding our families hostage…This benefit doesn’t belong to Boeing. It’s not a bargaining chip. Paid Family and Medical Leave is the right of every resident of Washington state.”

Read the full SPEEA statement here.

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