LONDON (03/20/2000) - Hailing it as an Internet first, the Boeing Co. and its employees, represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) union, resolved a labor dispute with a vote conducted over the Internet, the world's largest aerospace company announced late yesterday.
SPEEA members, who had been on strike for the previous 40 days, voted to accept a Boeing settlement by way of a secure Internet voting system, Boeing said in a statement. The SPEEA engineers and technical workers union hired VoteHere Inc. to conduct the vote over its VoteHere.net Web site, Boeing said.
Seventy percent of those voting over the Internet voted to accept the contract offer and, as a result, returned back to work today, Boeing said.
The Internet system allowed for an immediate tally of the vote, avoiding the traditional delay caused by waiting for ballots from out-of-state members to be returned by post, Boeing said. Voting was closed at 4 p.m. yesterday and results were available minutes thereafter, Boeing said.
Union officials and VoteHere worked together to insure only valid, out-of-area SPEEA members had access to the Internet voting system, Boeing said.
Boeing, in Seattle, Washington, can be contacted at +1-206-655-1131, or at http://www.boeing.com/. VoteHere.net, located in Bellevue, Washington, can be contacted at +1-425-827-5156, or at http://votehere.net/.