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Meeting covers layoff tools and resources
SPEEA hosted a meeting at the Tukwila hall for represented employees in King County with 60-day notices. Shown here are some of the presenters who discussed unemployment benefits, retraining and job search. From left: Charles Best Jr., director of the King County Reemployment Support Center – Worker Center, AFL-CIO, Antje Koenig, Work Source Seattle-King County and Fran Kwak, King County Community and Technical Colleges. Not shown is Linda Collins, with the Washington State Employment Security Department. About 25 signed up for the session at SPEEA March 2. 

STEM grant in action – Mt. Vernon Library
Xaiviar Lee, 13, and Isabella Towell, 6, may not notice the SPEEA banner above the table of computer monitors in the Mt. Vernon library. But they’re grateful, nonetheless, as are their parents, to have the access to computers provided by the SPEEA STEM grant. They can work on homework or play games that help Isabella, for example, with number and letter recognition. On March 9 and March 11, the library will host a Learn to Code session (drop-in each day from 3 to 5 p.m.). Without the SPEEA grant related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the young people at the library would likely be left without computer access and no special programs, like Tech Tuesdays.

Candidates for Executive Board regional vice president
Six members stepped up to run for four regional vice president seats on the Executive Board.

Northwest Vice President Midwest Vice President
Lynn Burow Shannon Moriarty Joel Funfar Keith A. Covert Emily Forest
Deadline for ballots is Wednesday, March 11.

Candidate questions and videos
NW Candidates  MW Candidates

The new two-year terms for Executive Board officers begin March 25.

Rally in Olympia supporting Tax Incentive Accountability

SPEEA members joined hundreds of union members from around the state (Feb. 20) for a rally on the steps of the Washington state capitol to stand up for shared prosperity,  jobs and tax incentive accountability.

The rally was held in conjunction with the Washington State Labor Council (WSLC) Legislative Conference. Many SPEEA and IAM District 751 members shared a bus to make the trip to Olympia. Issues at the event included: 

  • Accountability from aerospace companies that get subsidies from taxpayers
  • Investment in schools, transportation, infrastructure and public employees
  • An END to attacks on collective bargaining and other fundamental worker rights

SPEEA continues to arrange meetings for members to take their experiences with layoffs and the impact of work moving to their state representatives. To become part of the effort contact Chelsea Orvella at:

Legislation proposed
Washington voters: Tie tax breaks to jobs and wages
Rep. June Robinson (D-Everett) introduced the jobs bill.

RENTON – A state-wide poll shows that more than two-thirds of likely Washington voters support tying tax breaks for aerospace companies to requirements for maintaining jobs and providing living wages.

The poll, along with proposed legislation, were announced Monday (Feb. 16) during a press conference that brought together SPEEA, IAM District Lodge 751 and state Rep. June Robinson for a press conference.

"If some jobs are lost it makes sense that some of the tax break should be lost too," Robinson said. "It's what is right for tax payers.

“Our legislation will ensure aerospace tax incentives are used to benefit the people who grant them – taxpayers in Washington,” said Robinson. “Other states require Boeing to bring jobs to receive tax breaks and it’s only fair that the citizens of Washington demand the same treatment.”

The findings show strong support for two pieces of legislation now being considered in Olympia that would add accountability to the $8.7 billion aerospace tax preference bill. Approved in November 2013 during a special session, the legislation extended current cuts in Business & Occupation tax rates for aerospace companies, including Boeing, along with other tax credits, until 2040.

The two legislative bills, one addressing jobs and the other wages, will bring aerospace tax incentives in line with legislation in other states and Washington’s original intent to maintain and grow the state’s aerospace industry with good, family wage jobs.

Interested in running for SPEEA Council Rep?

SPEEA is seeking candidates to run for Council Rep in all districts. If you’re interested in serving your co-workers as union representative and have been a member for at least the preceding 12 months, find your district on the district delineation or confirm your district hasn’t changed and submit a petition and statement.

2015-2017 Council Rep Petition and District Delineation 

Petitions and statements (to be used in case of an election) are due by 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 25.
You can submit both via email (below), fax or drop off at the nearest SPEEA office.

New two-year terms begin in May. Extensive training is provided.

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: