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Wichita SPEEA draws crowd for Open House

More than 100 SPEEA, IFPTE leaders and members dropped by the SPEEA office in Wichita Thursday to tour the new union hall. Midwest Regional Vice President Keith Covert, along with Midwest Council Chair Mark Gayer greated the crowd that included SPEEA President Ryan Rule, Treasurer Jimmie Mathis, IFPTE President Greg Junemann and IFPTE Secretary-Treasurer Paul Shearon.

Current members, along with many retirees were impressed with the new facility which is just across the street from Spirit AeroSystems. Tour of the building

Boeing OT change
SPEEA Prof and Tech contracts protect overtime
The limits to overtime (extended work week) recently announced at The Boeing Company do not apply to SPEEA Professional and Technical workers.  

In SPEEA Prof and Tech contracts, overtime pay is guaranteed. The overtime provisions can be found in article 11.2 of the SPEEA contracts.  

SPEEA contracts also protect workers from excessive overtime. This is covered by Letter of Understanding (LOU) 22 in both the Professional and Technical contracts.  

If you have questions, your Council Rep can help. 

Tax accountability efforts continue

OLYMPIA -- SPEEA Legislative Director Chelsea Orvella and Machinists Lodge 751 Legislative and Political Director Larry Brown provide testimony Friday in Olympia to the Washington Citizen Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences.

Orvella and Brown provided a general update on worker concerns since the state extended $8.7 billion in tax incentives to the aerospace industry in November 2013. Of primary concern is the loss of 8,895 jobs from The Boeing Company’s workforce since the state approved the tax breaks to maintain and grow Washington’s aerospace workforce. 

The commission meets at regular intervals to review tax preferences and recommend improvements to the Legislature.

SPEEA Veterans Committee elects officers
At the first meeting of the SPEEA Veterans Committee Sept. 29, nearly 20 members from the Northwest and Midwest met to elect officers and discuss next steps. The officers are: Everett Council Rep Mike Shea, chair, Developmental Center (DC) Council Rep Jeff Forbes, vice chair, and Renton member Cindy Larson, secretary.The committee will work with the IFPTE Veterans Committee to help support military employees, veterans and their families. Shown above are members at the SPEEA Puget Sound halls. The members in the Midwest tied in by phone (due to the SPEEA office move).
General Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8
Federal and state candidates respond
to questions on aerospace issues

The SPEEA and Northwest Legislative and Public Affairs (L&PA) Committees asked federal and state candidates to respond to questions on issues relevant to our members. Questionnaires went to federal candidates in districts where members live and also candidates running for seats in the Washington state legislature and governor's office.

The on-line questions are an extension of the candidate questions in the October edition of SPEEA Spotlite.

Read the candidates' responses

SPEEA does not endorse candidates nor donate to candidate campaigns.

Questions included:

  • Aerospace tax incentives  
  • Trade agreements
  • Labor market data
  • Worker visa programs
  • U.S. Export-Import Bank
  • Restrictions against unions
  • Campaign spending reform
Election questions to candidates are an extension of the in-person advocacy done by SPEEA’s regional and national Legislative and Public Affairs Committees
NW Council votes to endorse Washington Initiative 1433

The SPEEA Northwest Council passed a motion at its regular meeting in September to endorse Washington State Initiative 1433. The initiative will be on the November general election ballot.

In recommending passage of the motion, the Northwest Legislative and Public Affairs Committee said I-1433 will take thousands of people out of the ranks of the working poor, reduce income inequality and empower people to take care of themselves and families by guaranteeing sick leave.

Visit the I-1433 website to learn more.

Emerging Leaders conference – apply by Oct. 25
For those who want to develop leadership skills while learning more about the labor movement, save the dates for the Emerging Leaders Conference Friday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 11 in Seattle.

Apply for SPEEA sponsorship (registration provided) by Oct. 25. See below for details.

This year’s conference theme is “The Different Meanings of Solidarity: Labor Leadership at the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Community.”

The conference is organized by the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center (WA LERC) at South Seattle College and Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders (WA YELL).

Conference logistics

  • Friday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.  
  • Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with awards ceremony from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • All events will be held at the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle College
  • Registration is $150 and includes all meals, snacks and a ticket to the Emerging Leaders Awards Bash (Saturday, Dec. 10)
To apply
If interested, email by Tuesday, Oct. 25, and include why you’d like to attend as well as what you hope to gain and bring back to your workplace and SPEEA. The Executive Board will review applicants. SPEEA will cover registration expenses. 
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Contract benefit
Resume and job-search workshops available at Ed Wells Partnership

Ed Wells Partnership (EWP) recently added a number of resume and job-search workshops to its list of offerings. The workshops provide information about how to be successful searching for new jobs within Boeing.

Complete information and registration is available on the Boeing intranet
SPEEA Locations

SPEEA Headquarters
15205 52nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98188

Tel: (206) 433-0991
Fax: (206) 248-3990

Office Hours:

Mon - Thurs 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Everett Hall
2414 106th Street SW
Everett, WA 98204

Tel: (425) 355-2883
Toll Free: (877) 355-2883
Fax: (425) 355-9380

Office Hours:

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Wichita Hall
4621 E. 47th St. South
Wichita, KS 67210

Tel: (316) 682-0262
Fax: (316) 682-4668

Office Hours:
Mon - Thurs 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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