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Engineers union files charges, accuses Boeing of harassment

Oct 8 (Reuters) - A union representing engineers andtechnical workers at Boeing Co accused the airplane makerof videotaping members marching for contract talks, seizingtheir cameras and deleting photos, and said on Monday it hadfiled charges with the National Labor Relations Board.

A local of the Society of Professional Engineering Employeesin Aerospace filed two charges against Boeing on Friday afterreceiving complaints from members who said Boeing videotaped ortook workers' cameras during lunchtime marches in Portland,Oregon and Everett, Washington.

Boeing's contract with 23,000 unionized engineers atfacilities in the Puget Sound area of Washington state,Portland, Utah and California expired on Oct. 6. The two sidesare scheduled to continue talks on a new contract on Wednesday.

The union's executive director, Ray Goforth, in a statementsaid videotaping workers was "nothing more than intimidation andharassment."

A Boeing spokesman said he had no comment because thecompany has not heard from the NLRB.

Boeing said last week that should talks go beyond Oct. 6,the contract would terminate on Nov. 25 because SPEEA had fileda 60-day termination notice.

(Reporting by Phil Wahba in New York; Editing by MichaelUrquhart)

((phil.wahba@thomsonreuters.com)(646-223-6128))

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