Boeing engineers considering strike

      WASHINGTON (AP/WCIV) - Just when Boeing really needs its engineers, they're throwing around the idea of a strike.

      Boeing is working around the clock to solve the battery problems that have grounded its 787s around the world. Its unionized engineers are a big part of that effort.

      But on Monday, Boeing engineers begin voting on a new contract and on whether to authorize a strike. The union is urging them to reject the contract.

      The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace will count the ballots on Feb. 19. The union says a strike would shut down Boeing production. The company says it has made plans in case of a strike but it isn't sharing details.

      SPEEA issued a statement Friday afternoon, saying ballot packages to vote on the strike are being sent out on Feb. 5. Members have until 5 p.m. on Feb. 19 to return the votes.

      "The councils' also voted to join the two negotiation teams in their recommendations that SPEEA members reject the company's latest contract offers to 7,400 Technical and 15, 550 Professional employees. The votes by the Technical Unit representatives were unanimous. The Professional Unit representatives voted to add strike authorization to the ballot and recommend rejection with only one dissenting vote," the SPEEA statement read.