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SPEEA history on display

From SPEEA’s first steps as a labor union in the 1940s to the strike of 2000 as well as more recent events, our history is on display at the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center (LERC). Shown here at the opening of the exhibit are, from left, Joel Funfar, Kurt Schuetz, Dave Baine, Mark Schuetz. SPEEA joined Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies and Labor Archive of Washington as sponsors of the exhibit. Amanda Stone, museum educator and exhibit developer, created the display, which will change twice a
year to highlight other labor unions’ history.

September 30, 2014
Executive Board statement on Boeing defense work move 
The SPEEA Executive Board expresses extreme disappointment on Boeing’s announcement of additional BDS job losses in Washington state on top of reductions at CAS, BR&T and EO&T. We understand the issues and emotional impact this brings to our members and their families.

We are working with the company to find opportunities for our impacted members to find new jobs in BDS, BCA, EO&T and other locations. We continue to meet with the company to identify problems, share your concerns and reduce roadblocks. If you encounter issues with your job search at Boeing or have concerns, send a note to:

SPEEA is monitoring the company’s announcements and reviewing all WARN notices issued to employees to ensure the obligations and requirements of our contracts are met.

Ryan Rule
Bob Wilkerson
Jimmie Mathis

Joel Funfar
N.W. Regional V.P.
Michael Hochberg
N.W.  Regional V.P.
Brent McFarlane
N.W.  Regional V.P.
Earl Carter
M.W. Regional V.P.

September 30, 2014
Boeing and SPEEA meet over defense work move

SPEEA and The Boeing Company held a short meeting Tuesday (Sept. 30) as a follow-up to Monday’s announcement
that major pieces of Defense, Space and Security are leaving Washington state. Officials talked about the company’s redeployment schedule for work moving and lessening the impact on Puget Sound employees. Discussions will continue during regularly scheduled meetings.

Press release
Defense departure is Boeing’s latest ‘thank you’ for
Washington’s $8.7 billion tax break - SPEEA

SEATTLE – The Boeing Company’s decision to move large portions of its Defense, Space and Security division out of the Puget Sound region is the latest snub by corporate leaders to the engineers, technical workers and to Washington state tax payers.

Boeing announced late Monday (Sept. 29) the departure of the Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) and the F-22 Raptor programs from the Puget Sound region to Oklahoma City and St. Louis, Missouri. Engineers and technical workers represented by the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001, will bear the brunt of the job losses. SPEEA represents 2,258 employees in the Boeing division.

The latest job losses come less than one year after Washington legislators approved $8.7 billion in tax breaks for the state’s aerospace industry, with Boeing in line to receive the lion’s share.

“The silence from Olympia is deafening,” said Ray Goforth, SPEEA executive director. “Why are Washington taxpayers subsidizing Boeing to move thousands of jobs out of state?”

Read the entire release - Press release - pdf

Where do your candidates stand on key issues?

The SPEEA national and Northwest Legislative and Public Affairs committees recently sent questions to all state and federal candidates on issues affecting our jobs.

More than 120 candidates responded. Their answers (unedited) are linked here to show where they stand on key labor and aerospace issues.

You will see both Democrat and Republican candidates as well as other parties’ candidates who responded. SPEEA does not endorse candidates nor donate to candidate campaigns.

Click here for candidate responses to SPEEA questions

Ballots are scheduled for delivery Oct. 21 to Washington state voters. Ballots are due Nov. 4 for both state and federal elections. Remember to vote!

Watch a replay of the hearing on TVW.

SPEEA and IAM address Aerospace Tax Breaks
Executive Director Ray Goforth, left, and IAM Lodge 751 President Jon Holden give testimony Friday (Sept. 19) to the Washington state Citizen Commission for Performance Measurement of Tax Preferences. While supporting the tax preferences, SPEEA and the IAM are working together to call on the Washington Legislature to revisit the legislation and add accountability. Since the $8.7 billion tax break was passed, Boeing has laid off engineers and technical workers, announced plans to lay off thousands more and moved work out of the state. Read more in SPEEA News and October Spotlite.

What does Boeing moving jobs out of the state mean to you? .pdf form
Spokane Triumph
Raises take effect at Spokane Triumph unit

SPOKANE – Raises for SPEEA-represented employees at Triumph Composite Systems take effect Monday, Sept. 29. The SPEEA contract calls for 1% guaranteed and an additional 2% selective increase in the raise pools. Salary ranges for the represented jobs are included in section 11.5 (pay rates) of the contract. The ranges are reviewed every two years by the company to determine if changes are needed to remain competitive in the job market.

The SPEEA contract, which covers both engineers and technical workers, continues to midnight, September 29, 2016.

Special event - Tukwila & Everett SPEEA Halls
Farm workers to join SPEEA for movie night, Wed., Oct. 8
SPEEA members, families and labor friends are invited to a special viewing of the first run film Cesar Chavez at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, at either the Tukwila or Everett halls.

Cesar Chavez tells the story of the famed civil rights leader and labor organizer who embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle to bring dignity to farm workers. Chavez inspired millions of Americans from all walks of life who never worked on a farm to fight for social justice.

The showing will be followed by a panel discussion in Everett (video linked to Tukwila) with workers from Sakuma Brothers Farm (SBF), who are part of a nationwide boycott against SBF berries and fighting to secure a collective bargaining agreement with their employer.

The SPEEA Diversity Committee is hosting the showing.

RSVP to and indicate where you plan to attend.

Learn more about the Skagit Valley workers at:

Support the workers by boycotting Sakuma Bros. Berries, Driscoll’s Berries and Haagen Daazs strawberry ice cream.

Watch the movie trailer
Wichita Boeing
Important ‘bridge’ benefit lawsuit update
The settlement, still subject to court approval, consists of a lump-sum payment by Boeing into a settlement fund. The settlement will not consist of periodic pension-type payments or monthly retiree medical coverage.

Wichita Spirit
New salary charts posted for members at Spirit AeroSystems

Salary charts reflecting 2014 raises for SPEEA-represented employees at Spirit AeroSystems are now available online under the “Member Tools” tab. Click the “Salary Charts” tab on the drop down menu. (The page also includes 2014 salary charts for members working at The Boeing Company.)

SPEEA posts the charts online as a tool for members to see how their careers are progressing and to help them in conversations with their managers. The overall data:

  • Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU) – The WEU average raise for 2014 was 3.62%. The WEU average salary increased from $93,465 to $96,845 – an average increase of $3,381 for 689 eligible employees.

  • Wichita Technical and Professional Unit (WTPU) – The WTPU average raise for 2014 was 2.9%. The Spirit WTPU average salary increased from $74,956 to $77,126 – an average increase of $2,170 for 1,643 eligible employees.
SPEEA supports reauthorization of Ex-Im Bank

In less than a month, the Export-Import Bank of the United States will expire unless Congress acts. SPEEA and IAM 751 are among 40 groups that have signed a letter urging the Washington Congressional Delegation to push for reauthorization. Signed by SPEEA President Ryan Rule, the letter was mailed to the delegation Monday.

The Ex-Im Bank has financed over $91 billion of Washington exports over the past five years from 165 companies, 70% of which were small and medium-sized businesses.

Employers in every congressional district in Washington rely on the Ex-Im Bank to competitively export their products. In 2013 the Ex-Im Bank supported an estimated 120,000 jobs across Washington state, including those of SPEEA members. The Ex-Im Bank also helps support our members' jobs in Kansas, Oregon, Utah, California and Florida.

Protect your rights by filing an individual claim
Age discrimination charges against Boeing

Following SPEEA’s class action age-discrimination complaint against Boeing, many members are asking if they’re covered by the charge.

SPEEA’s complaint, filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and 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 Boeing’s actions, there’s no guarantee that any individual is a part of that class until later in the litigation process.

To ensure that your rights are protected, you need to file an individual claim with the EEOC. The link provides additional information on filing, including a sample form for your reference.

How to file an individual claim with the EEOC

Washington's aerospace tax breaks need to focus on jobs
Appalled by the movement of engineering 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. It is unfathomable that companies should benefit from massive public tax breaks only to move our jobs away and lay off engineers, technical workers, pilots, machinists and other skilled workers.

SPEEA's position is that aerospace tax breaks must be contingent on creating living-wage jobs in local communities.

Northwest leaders signed an open thank you letter to Washington state elected officials who share SPEEA members’ frustration over jobs leaving the state. Many lawmakers have expressed urgency to add employment conditions to the state’s $8.7 billion aerospace tax preference measure, which is SPEEA’s key legislative issue.

The intent of the legislature to maintain and grow Washington’s aerospace workforce is clearly stated in the aerospace tax bill (SB 5259) passed last November in a rushed special session. However, there are currently no requirements for companies to do so while benefiting from the largest state tax break in U.S. history. (continued)

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

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: