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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 national SPEEA 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.

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Plans are taking shape for the next round of contract talks for the more than 14,250 engineers covered by the SPEEA-Boeing Professional Unit Contract and the 6,200 technical workers covered by the SPEEA-Boeing Technical Unit Contract.

Negotiation Team candidate orientation sessions are now scheduled for members interested in serving on their bargaining unit’s team. Attending a session is required for all members seeking nomination for election to their unit’s team.

Candidate orientation provides an overview of the negotiation process, team members’ responsibilities and overall timelines. All interested members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The SPEEA Negotiation Team Nominating Committee will make team applications available on Nov. 6. Interested members will have until Dec. 6 to submit their completed application. The committee will then conduct interviews before submitting their recommendations to the Professional and Technical Bargaining Unit Councils. Each Council will then vote to select the members who will represent their bargaining unit at the negotiation table. Additional training beyond the candidate orientation sessions will be provided before formal negotiations with Boeing begin in mid-2016.

While the Professional and Technical units each negotiate separate contracts, the teams work together throughout the process.

Unions secure continued federal lay-off support
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.”

Learn more about applying.
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.

Visit the tax accountability issue archive

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.
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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
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