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How labor unions benefit everyone



Age Discrimination
Charges against
The Boeing company

Machinist Sam James, left, NW Council Chair Tony Hickerson and IAM Business Rep Steve Warren on the line in Spokane. Machinists Jim Hodges, left, Jeff Lund and NW Council Treasurer Orlando De Los Santos show solidarity in Spokane.
SPEEA hosts BBQ for striking Machinists at Triumph in Spokane

SPOKANE – SPEEA NW Council Chair Tony Hickerson and Treasurer Orlando De Los Santos joined SPEEA members in Spokane as our union hosted a lunch BBQ on the picket line for striking machinists at Triumph.

More than 200 Machinists, SPEEA members and community supporters attended the event Wednesday (May 18) outside the main gate at the Triumph plant.  The event comes one week after IAM District 751, Local 86, called a strike over wages, benefits and job security.

“These are darn good people and I’m happy to come and stand with them,” Hickerson said.

The IAM filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) against the company for threats, coercion, direct dealing and stopping negotiations prematurely. The IAM members voted by 94% to reject Triumph’s contract offer and 93% voted to go on strike.

Many of the machinists expressed their thanks to SPEEA for staging the event and showing our support. SPEEA is currently gearing up to negotiate with Triumph. The existing contract expires in September.

“We are all in this together,” said Kathy Wilson, a machinist at the plant. “We have to win. If we don’t win, SPEEA is next.” 

Triumph is one of the companies’ that uses the Washington Aerospace Tax Incentives. The company shaved $790,000 off its tax bill in 2014-2015.  During that time, Triumph moved a number of jobs from Spokane to Mexico.   The aerospace tax incentives lack accountability to ensure a minimum number of jobs are maintained in exchange for the breaks. SPEEA and the Machinists are working to change that. Other states with tax incentives have job minimums.  

IAM members at Triumph strike
SPEEA addresses bargaining unit work issues in Spokane

Shown here from left: Rick Olson (Local 86 president and shop floor committee), Ken Howard (staff assistant), Steve Warren (business rep), Jerry Purser (steward and shop floor committee), Jon Holden(IAM District 751 president), Jerry Womble (steward and shop floor committee), David White (International Strategic Resources Department), Paul Jones (SPEEA negotiations team member), Alan Adams(SPEEA negotiation team member), Paul Zvonar (SPEEA negotiations team member), Sean Leonard (SPEEA contract administrator) and Steve Spyridis (SPEEA contract administrator).

SPOKANE, Wash. – With the Machinists now on strike at Triumph Composite Systems, SPEEA addressed bargaining unit work assignments with members and the company.

Links to messages regarding bargaining unit work
The Machinists voted by 94% to reject the company’s three-year offer and 93% voted to go on strike, which is scheduled to start at 12:01 a.m.May 11Click here to read the International Association of Machinists (IAM) District 751, Local 86, press release. Strike updates are posted on the IAM District 751 website.

SPEEA’s Triumph Negotiations Team met May 6 with negotiation team members from Local 86, following a SPEEA all-member meeting in Spokane. SPEEA’s contract at Triumph expires in September.

Newly elected Executive Board vice president
Congratulations to Nikki Wagener, the new Northwest regional vice president, who will fill the interim vacancy when Joel Funfar was elected SPEEA secretary.  

The Northwest Council voted May 12 at the regular monthly meeting.  

Wagener, who was a Council Rep for Everett, District E-33, also served as SPEEA Council Treasurer.  

The Executive Board members are responsible for setting and administering the annual budget and administering the affairs of SPEEA. The regional VP terms expire in March.
Nikki Wagener
What happened to 'maintain and grow' Washington's workforce?

Instead of “maintaining and growing” Washington State’s aerospace workforce in 2015 in exchange for saving $305 million in state taxes, The Boeing Company cut its workforce by 961 more employees.

That brings the total jobs Boeing has cut from its Washington workforce to 5,624 since the legislature extended $8.7 billion in tax breaks to the company in November, 2013.

Boeing’s tax savings for 2015 were released Friday (April 29). This is the first year the state Department of Revenue has required Boeing and other aerospace firms to disclose the amount of money a company saves by taking advantage of the aerospace tax incentives.

Two efforts by SPEEA, IAM 751 and key legislators in recent years have brought new scrutiny in Olympia regarding corporate tax breaks. However, intense lobbying by Boeing has thwarted efforts to tie aerospace tax incentives to actually “maintaining and growing” Washington’s aerospace workforce as the legislature intended. Washington remains the only state to provide large tax breaks to Boeing and aerospace companies without a requirement to grow or even maintain employment in the state.

Boeing’s historic tax break from state even bigger than thought - The Seattle Times, May 3
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Professional & Technical units
Voluntary layoff drawing interest, questions

With interest rising regarding Voluntary Layoff (VLO) and the enhanced benefits secured in the new Professional and Technical units’ contracts, SPEEA Contract Administrators and Council Reps are receiving and answering a wide range of questions regarding the process. 

A special  Voluntary Layoff Q & A is now available to assist members in areas The Boeing Company is targeting for employee reductions and making the VLO process available. Members are also encouraged to watch for lunch time meetings in their area. 

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Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Apply for Northwest Council STEM grant

Members involved in outreach to encourage students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) may be eligible to apply for a Northwest Council STEM grant.

The grants are for non-profit organizations or institutions, with at least one Northwest SPEEA member participating
(as a coach, mentor or parent).

STEM education grant application – deadline Aug. 15

For more information about the program, see Northwest Policy VII: Subsection B.4.

Volunteer for STEM grant review committee

This committee meets to review the applications and make recommendations to the NW Council, which votes on the grant allocations. If you’re interested, email your name and school district to by June 15.

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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
973 S Glendale Street
Wichita, KS 67218

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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