The executive director of Boeing's white-collar union made a direct approach this week to a top company executive seeking a peaceful way out of the rancorous contract dispute.

We have an outline of what we think a negotiated settlement looks like that provides a face-saving way forward for both sides, said Ray Goforth, executive director of the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA).

Speaking Thursday after a presentation to The Seattle Times' editorial board, Goforth would not say to whom he had sent his written invitation to discuss a way forward, only that it was somebody at a very high level.

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