Spirit AeroSystems has reached a tentative agreement with its union for engineering and technical workers.


Spirit AeroSystems has reached a tentative agreement with its union for engineering and technical workers.

The Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace said in a statement released early Wednesday that although the 9 ½ year duration of the contract is longer than it wanted, salaries should remain competitive. If members sign off on the deal reached Tuesday, they will receive annual market-based raises starting in 2012. Plus, there would be increased restrictions on contract labor.

SPEEA represents about 2,300 workers at the Wichita plant, which makes large aircraft parts for Boeing and other plane makers. Union members have been working without a contract since July, when they voted by more than 96 percent against Spirit's offer of a 9 1/2 year contract.

Voting will take place in coming weeks.