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Councils elect regional officers

The Midwest and Northwest regional Councils conducted elections for Council officers May 9.


  • Chair – R Matthew Joyce (S-1)
  • Treasurer – Chris Streckfus (S-1)
  • Secretary – Emily Forest (S-12)


  • Chair – James Raskob (E-60)
  • Treasurer – Mike Arrington (F-10)
  • Secretary – Douglas Brazeal (A-30)

Council Reps are the union’s workplace representatives. The Council votes on union policy at monthly Council meetings. 

Enthusiasm grows as Seal Beach employees
start signing union cards
Engineer Dave Lawicki signs a union authorization card after attending a meeting.

CREATE letter to co-workers 
SEAL BEACH, Calif. – Employees at Boeing Seal Beach are now signing union authorization cards – the next step toward their efforts to gain a voice at work.

Enthusiastic members of CREATE (California Region Engineers and Technical Employees), a potential bargaining unit of SPEEA, 
led two informational meetings talking about why they were organizing.

Leaders from SPEEA and IFPTE offered support and encouragement for the campaign during meetings while they started to sign authorization cards to join with SPEEA. “SPEEA is 100% behind you,” said President Joel Funfar. “We really need to make this successful, so you and Boeing are better off.”

IFPTE President Paul Shearon echoed the comments.

“We’re all facts and data people here,” Shearon said. “And the facts and data all point to union-representation being the best way to make improvements that benefit workers and the company.”

At the meetings, employees heard preliminary results from a recent survey that shows rising medical costs, the requirement to work four hours for free before earning pay for working more than the standard work week and the increasing chaotic workplace as major employee issues. 

Boeing has sprinkled the Seal Beach workplace with anti-union material saying they are 100% against the union and holding weekly anti-union forums for managers, human resource personnel and administrators. 

Follow Seal Beach employees’ efforts on social media and their website at
Ed Wells Partnership
Opening for program administrator

Ed Wells Partnership (EWP) is seeking applicants for program administrator.

EWP is a joint SPEEA/Boeing initiative offering professional development, technical training, career development/coaching and conference grants to SPEEA-represented employees.

The program administrator will lead a variety of activities in support of EWP.

See the more of the job description at

Prof/Tech salary charts online soon

Salary charts reflecting the 2019 salary exercise for the SPEEA-represented Prof and Tech employees at The Boeing Company will soon be posted at

The company just recently provided this year’s data, which delayed the typical timeline.

Salary charts for SPEEA-represented employees at Spirit AeroSystems will be updated when the data is available (typically later in the summer).

2019-2021 Council Rep elections
Council Rep election results

Congratulations to the newly elected Council Reps who will serve as SPEEA liaisons for co-workers in their area.

Click here to see winners and vote totals.

The 2019-2021 Council term begins at the May 9 regional Council meeting. At this meeting, the Council Reps elect their regional Council officers.

Running for vacant seat

Interested in serving your co-workers as their union representative if your district has a vacancy? For the instruction/district delineations, and petition, click here. Submit your petition and statement to

No layoffs expected
Boeing reduces 737 rate
The rate reduction from 52 to 42 on the 737 line in Renton will be done without layoffs, SPEEA was informed by the company on Friday. SPEEA will monitor the reduction and its impacts on SPEEA-represented employees at Boeing and where we represent employees at suppliers. 
Northwest Council
Apply for Northwest STEM grant

The Northwest Council invites members involved in outreach related to Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math (STEM) to apply for a STEM grant.

The NW Council STEM grants are for non-profit organizations or institutions, with at least one Northwest SPEEA member participating (as a coach, mentor or parent) in Washington state, Oregon, California and Utah.

STEM grant application – deadline Aug. 15

Apply for STEM Grant Review Committee

SPEEA is looking for members to apply for the NW Council STEM grant review committee. The committee meets to review grant applications and make funding recommendations to the NW Council, which votes on the grant allocations.

If you’re interested in the committee, email your name, school district to by noon, Monday, July 1.

Workforce issues in governor's budget

OLYMPIA – Investments in education and workforce training programs suggested by Choose Washington, NMA are included in the state budget proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee.
The proposals, announced in mid-December, includes:

  • $22 million to increase enrollment in K-12 and Community and Technical College programs.
  • $18 million for facility and equipment upgrades.
  • $16 million for incumbent worker training including the Washington Aerospace Training & Research (WATR) Center.
  • $7 million for system implementation to help ensure higher education credits transfer across institutions, as well as expanding aerospace programs.

“We have the best trained aerospace workforce in the country, and to maintain that, we must have strong programs for both youth and adults,” said NMA Council Co-chair Rick Bender. “This budget opens the door to high-skilled jobs and keeps our aerospace sector strong.”

SPEEA advocates that placing design and engineering with our members – wherever they are located – offers the best chance for a successful launch of the NMA. During a recent meeting with Spirit President and CEO Tom Gentile in Wichita, members inquired about Spirit’s efforts to secure some of the work and were assured the company will work to win and secure work going to suppliers.
The Choose Washington Workforce Development Strategy is the most comprehensive assessment of current investments in the state’s aerospace workforce. It includes strategies for ensuring Washington’s education and workforce training is scaled to meet the need, and is coordinated, integrated and accountable.

Work continues with the Council in multiple areas with SPEEA staff members Stan Sorscher on the Executive Council and Bill Dugovich on the communications work group. Dugovich recently was part of a Choose Washington panel that appeared on KBTC public television’s Northwest Now.

Subscribe to email news and updates from the governor’s Choose Washington NMA Council.

Visit the Choose Washington, NMA website.

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