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Fall SPEEA Events happening in your region.
Members help at holiday lights in Wichita

At the ‘SPEEA Night for the Lights on St. Paul’ holiday display, about 20 SPEEA members, their families and former activists volunteered. The Arc, a Wichita non-profit, organizes the light display as a fundraiser during the holidays with volunteers collecting donations from those who drive the route. Midwest Council Rep Joe Abbott coordinated SPEEA’s involvement and recruited Council Reps and others to help. On SPEEA Night, about 100 more cars went through than on the same night last year. The fundraiser helps The Arc support individuals living with developmental disabilities and their families. Three of the volunteers are from left: Council Rep Joe Abbott, who organized the SPEEA Night, Midwest Council Chair Mark Gayer and Earl Carter, SPEEA staff.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
EEOC continues investigating Boeing for age discrimination

The Seattle Field Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is actively investigating SPEEA’s class action age discrimination complaint against The Boeing Company. 

Several SPEEA members have filed individual Charges of Discrimination and the EEOC has assigned a lead investigator to coordinate investigation of both the class-wide and individual Charges of Discrimination. 

Protect your rights by filing an individual claim

Since SPEEA filed the class action age-discrimination complaint against Boeing, many members have asked if they’re covered by SPEEA’s Charge of Discrimination. SPEEA’s class-action complaint, filed with the EEOC and the Washington State Human Rights Commission, was based upon the evidence that we had at the time of filing. Although we believe we have identified a class of individuals being harmed by the employment actions described in the charge, there’s no guarantee that any individual is a part of that class until later in the litigation process.

It’s important to note that SPEEA’s charge focuses on an employment action that impacted a large number of SPEEA-represented employees who suffered a retention rating drop between 2013 and 2014. While SPEEA is pursuing an age discrimination charge on behalf of the class harmed by the retention ratings action, there may be Boeing age-discriminatory actions unique to other situations.

To ensure that your rights are protected, you need to file an individual claim with the Seattle Field Office of the EEOC, located at 900 First Street, Suite 400, Seattle WA 98104.  Phone number:   (206) 220-6884.

The link below provides additional information on filing, including a sample form for your reference.

How to file an individual claim with the EEOC

Aerospace tax breaks should bring good jobs

Gov. Inslee's response to a question from SPEEA NW V.P. Joel Funfar about tax breaks and jobs

Appalled by the movement of engineering, technical and pilot jobs outside of Washington and the extensive layoffs at Boeing and Spirit in Wichita, SPEEA leaders are pushing for the addition of corporate accountability in tax subsidy programs.

Tax incentives have economic value when they support well-paying jobs in our local communities. Companies should not benefit from public tax breaks only to move jobs away and lay off engineers, technical workers, pilots, machinists and other skilled workers.

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How are the aerospace tax breaks working out for Washington?

Run for Executive Board regional VP

Interested in pursuing a seat on the SPEEA Executive Board as a regional vice president? Click on the link for election details, including a petition.

Link to election information and petition

Keep in mind

  • To be eligible, you must have continuous SPEEA membership for the preceding 24 months
  • Petitions must be turned in between Jan. 14 and Jan. 28
  • SPEEA will seat three Northwest vice presidents and one Midwest vice president following
    regional elections in March for contested races.
SPEEA-area IFPTE VP vacancy in Midwest
SPEEA is looking for an activist ready to take the next step in getting involved in the labor movement. If you’re interested and eligible (Midwest member in good standing for the preceding 24 months), apply for the MW SPEEA-area vacancy on the IFPTE Executive Council.

Click here for petition and details on how to apply.

Vice presidents serve as members of the IFPTE Executive Council, which is responsible for governing IFPTE between triennial conventions. The interim term will continue until the next IFPTE convention in 2015.

Deadline to apply: Noon, Friday, Dec. 19. Drop off your petition at the SPEEA Wichita office (973 S. Glendale St.) or email along with your statement to
SPEEA Office Support and Contract Administrator job openings

SPEEA is seeking applicants for multiple office support and contract administrator positions at our union halls.

The Office Support positions are part of a team responsible for all of the administrative functions required to run three union offices.  This includes membership processing/billing, interfacing with members/potential members, supporting meetings and collective bargaining sessions.  

Download the Office Support job posting

The Contract Administrator is responsible for membership recruitment and mobilizing, collective bargaining support, grievance representation, investigative interview (Weingarten) representation, and other duties as assigned.

Download the Contract Administrator job posting

Ed Wells Partnership Program Administrator Opening
Job Description

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

Who should apply - SPEEA represented employees in the Puget Sound who have:

  • A proven record of strong performance
  • Established a solid technical foundation at Boeing
  • A passion for life-long learning
  • A focus on providing exceptional learning resources to the SPEEA represented population
  • Experience with multiple organizations/functions at Boeing
  • Participated in Ed Wells Partnership classes as a student, and perhaps as an instructor
  • Self motivation and the ability to manage many detailed projects effectively
  • A proactive approach to work assignments with a focus on first time quality
  • A willingness to do what it takes to get the job done well
  • A desire to have an impact on the critical skills and career development of SPEEA represented employees
  • Leadership experience at Boeing
  • An interest in shaping Ed Wells Partnership programs and
  • A desire to expand their skills and knowledge in project management, leadership, mentoring, and business management

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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: