IFPTE Continues Opposition to the TPP as Negotiators Reach Agreement
Washington, DC – Negotiators from the United States, Canada and 10 other countries reached an agreement in principle on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the ‘free trade agreement’ that has essentially been negotiated in secret over the last several years.
Representing workers across North America, IFPTE has and will continue to oppose TPP, which has been dubbed “NAFTA on steroids.” Unless major changes were included by negotiators, the pact’s contents are designed to primarily benefit multinational corporations at the expense of workers, domestic manufacturers, and IFPTE members’ local and national economies and communities. The TPP is likely to further exacerbate the loss of good paying jobs in both the Canadian and US manufacturing sectors, grant foreign corporations rights to contest local and national laws and regulations, and undermine financial regulations. TPP further perpetuates the global race to the bottom as TPP nations such as Malaysia, Vietnam, and Brunei have shown little to no commitment to international standards of human and workers’ rights. The trade agreements that TPP is modeled after have repeatedly failed to enforce language on labor and environmental standards.
IFPTE and SPEEA will continue to urge legislators in Congress to oppose ratification of TPP when it comes before Congress.SPEEA will continue to advocate on issues that affect jobs and workplace rights. Want to know more? Get involved in the regional and nationalSPEEA Legislative and Public Affairs Committees.
SPEEA and IAM continue push for tax accountability
RENTON -- 100-plus SPEEA and Machinist Lodge 751 members used The Boeing Company’s announcement of a new 737 finishing plant in China to remind company and government officials that Washington state is providing an $8.7 billion tax break to aerospace companies, primarily The Boeing Company, under an agreement to maintain and grow the state’s aerospace industry. Northwest Council Chair Tony Hickerson, left, and Council Rep Roger Aisaka are among the members who took time to show their concern.
Union members in Everett and Renton held informational picketing Wednesday, Sept. 23, to voice concern about new 737 work being located outside Washington. Boeing employment in Washington is down more than 3,000 since passage of the Aerospace Tax Preference bill in Dec. 2013.
Rep. June Robinson (38th district), sponsor of HB 2147 which will tie the tax breaks to Boeing job numbers in Washington, released a statement after Boeing's announcement. Read Robinson's statement.
Candidate Orientation Prof and Tech Contract Negotiations
SPEEA is gearing up for contract negotiations for the Prof and Tech bargaining units.
Those interested in applying for the SPEEA negotiations teams need to attend a candidate orientation to learn about the process, workload expectations, timelines, roles and responsibilities.
The negotiation team application will be posted by Nov. 2, and will include more details on eligibility, and requirements. The deadline to apply is Dec. 9. Candidate Orientation Sessions*
*Dinner is provided – note any dietary restrictions when you RSVP.
Professional and Technical Bargaining Units Negotiations member survey is now online!
SPEEA members in the Professional and Technical Bargaining Units are asked to take a few minutes to complete the initial, online survey for the 2016 contract negotiations.
While existing contracts remain in place until Oct. 6, 2016, the survey is the first of several designed to gather information and begin the process of determining member priorities. Additional surveys will follow in the months ahead.
Members are encouraged to visit the website regularly, read SPEEA publications and sign-up for SPEEA non-work email to ensure they receive all the updates regarding these important contract talks. Your input and participation is essential to securing the best contracts for members, our families, our communities and Boeing.
After heavy scrutiny, the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) determined workers in Washington laid off by Boeing are eligible to apply for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA or “Trade Act”).
Machinists, District Lodge 751, in partnership with SPEEA and the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, petitioned for TAA benefits in May in anticipation of the certificate expiring on June 12. The new certification is retroactive to June 12 and covers union and non-union layoffs from, or supporting, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Triumph Composites (Spokane) and Spirit AeroSystems (Wichita) are currently certified by separate petitions filed by IAM and SPEEA.
TAA helps industries and workers adversely impacted by international trade. Often difficult to access, our unions overcame the biggest hurdle by securing USDOL certification. If determined eligible on an individual basis, workers using TAA may receive extended income support, paid tuition, relocation assistance and other benefits otherwise not available.
“TAA rarely makes someone whole after losing a good job but it is the best possible reemployment support available in what can be a devastating time,” said Chelsea Orvella, SPEEA legislative director. “Every laid off member should seek out the program immediately after their last day on the job – whether they think they will use the benefits or not. There are important deadlines they don’t want to miss.”
Work continues Members’ outreach adds up to historic effort for tax incentive accountability
Machinists District Lodge 751 (IAM 751) and SPEEA members made history in Olympia this year by calling for the largest corporate tax break in U.S. history to be tied to specific job numbers and living wages. In that effort, the two largest Boeing unions furthered a partnership that extends from the workplace to the legislature and into our communities. While HB 2147 and HB 1786 stalled in the House Finance Committee this year, the bills will resume in 2016.
Existing Unfair Labor Practice Charge Boeing’s Pension Value Plan (PVP) change
The Boeing Company recently announced that effective Jan. 1, 2016, the non-union Pension Value Plan (PVP) minimum conversion factor will increase to $95. Boeing is not including SPEEA-represented employees in the Professional and Technical units who have a PVP benefit in this increase because of pending charges filed by SPEEA against Boeing regarding other retirement plan changes.
SPEEA filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in 2014. The NLRB has since issued a charge against Boeing – meaning the NLRB sees reason enough for the charge to proceed to a hearing. The hearing is set for the first week in September at the NLRB’s Seattle Regional office. Read the complete explanation.
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.