The Boeing Company’s previously announced plan to consolidate flight training and certain operations from Seattle to the Boeing Flight Services training campus in Miami will affect approximately 38 positions. The company told ATW the affected workers comprise approximately 33 simulator instructors and five standards pilots.
On March 28, Boeing informed the union during negotiations that it did not—at the time—have open positions for the job classifications for simulator instructors and standards pilots at the Flight Services training campus in Miami.
“We are committed to do whatever we can to find equivalent positions either in the Puget Sound area or elsewhere at Boeing,” a spokesperson told ATW in an emailed statement.
The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) said in a March 28 statement, “During negotiations with The Boeing Company today, negotiators for Flight Services informed our team the company intends to eliminate flight standards and simulator instructor pilot positions and will not offer to relocate these existing pilots to Miami … Boeing negotiators indicated they will not be prepared to provide specifics regarding the “effects” of the move on employees until negotiations resume April 10.”
Boeing said the consolidation is intended to align with market and airline requirements and to better meet increased demand as airplane delivery rates increase.
“Miami is a key location for Boeing Flight Services, and as announced in 2008 at the Farnborough Airshow, Miami would include 787 training to better serve the training requirements of airlines based in Latin America, the United States and elsewhere,” a Boeing spokesperson said. “The consolidation plan includes relocating all full-flight simulators and other devices, starting with the two Seattle-based 787 training suites. The majority of the Seattle Flight Services team will not be affected, but some employees will be impacted.”
There are approximately 100 employees in the bargaining unit and more than 500 Seattle employees in Flight Services.