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Originally published Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 5:05 PM

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As Boeing flight simulators move, pilots and instructors won’t

The company is consolidating flight in Miami, and doesn’t plan to relocate the 38 employees based in Renton.

Seattle Times aerospace reporter

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Boeing’s white-collar union said Thursday the company is eliminating the positions of 38 flight-standards pilots and flight-simulator instructors.

Company spokesman Jim Condelles said, “We are committed to doing whatever we can do to find equivalent positions either in Puget Sound or elsewhere in the company.”

This month, Boeing announced it would consolidate its North American flight-training facilities in Miami, closing its one at Longacres in Renton and moving its flight simulators to Miami. That will start with relocating two 787 simulators by summer.

In negotiations Thursday with the Society for Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) to discuss the effects of that move, Boeing told the union it will not offer to relocate this subgroup of employees to Miami.

The flight instructors train airline pilots solely in simulators on the ground. The flight-standards pilots put together and oversee training curricula and training manuals.

The group joined the union only last May. Rich Plunkett, a senior SPEEA official who attended the bargaining session, said Boeing’s move looks like “a strike at union representation.”

Dominic Gates: (206) 464-2963 or dgates@seattletimes.com

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