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Results for IFPTE VP election
Joel Funfar Ryan Rule Donna Lehane
The vote totals are listed below in ballot order. Winners’ names are in bold.
NW Candidates Count
Northwest (two)
Joel Funfar 762
Jimmie Mathis 729
Ryan Rule 917

Congratulations to Joel Funfar and Ryan Rule, the top vote-getters for the Northwest SPEEA-Area IFPTE vice
president (nominee) elections.

The Northwest Tellers validated and counted ballots May 27

Donna Lehane ran unopposed for the Midwest SPEEA-Area IFPTE vice president.

The SPEEA-area IFPTE vice presidents will be formally elected by delegates at the convention to three-year terms. They are responsible for communicating SPEEA’s concerns and priorities to the IFPTE Executive Council, which includes vice presidents from other regions.

Members seek support on issues at U.S. Capitol
Shown here from left during a week of meetings in Washington, D.C., are NW Vice President Brent McFarlane, Council Rep Dan Nowlin Chelsea Orvella, SPEEA legislative director, Senator Maria Cantwell, (D-WA), Council Rep James Raskob, Council Rep Suzanne Kamiya and Bill Dugovich, communications director.
A delegation of SPEEA members spent the week of May 11 to 15 in the nation's capital visiting and meeting with staff and members of congress. Members of the SPEEA and Northwest Legislative and Public Affairs committees visited the offices of 42 members of the House and Senate. The group also held meetings with the Department of Professional Employees (DPE) and the International Federation of Professional and Technical Employees (IFPTE). Look for additional information about our efforts in Washington D.C. in upcoming SPEEA publications.
Newly elected regional Council officers

Council Reps elected the following officers at their regional May 14 Council meeting. The new officers will serve two-year terms.


  • Orlando De Los Santos, NW Council treasurer
  • James Raskob, NW Council secretary

Julie Sweeney who was elected Northwest Council chair, resigned May 18 after re-considering the commitment. “I do not have the resources the position requires,” she said. “I will continue to support SPEEA in other ways.” An election will be held to fill the vacancy.


  • Mark Gayer, MW Council chair
  • Matthew Joyce, MW Council treasurer
  • Melisa Lowe, MW Council secretary

The SPEEA Council (Northwest and Midwest combined) will elect officers at its June 12 Council meeting.

Action required for this year’s Spirit open enrollment
WICHITA – Open enrollment continues through May 15 for employees represented by SPEEA at Spirit AeroSystems. Due to recent interim negotiations, a new medical plan option is available to SPEEA represented Spirit employees. The HealthSaver plan pairs a high deductible catastrophic health plan with a federal savings plan called a Health Savings Account (HSA). Because of the high potential out of pocket costs, this plan may not be suitable for many employees.

Open enrollment is the only time of the year to make routine changes to health care. Unlike prior open enrollments, this year action is necessary . You must complete the steps in annual open enrollment in order to be covered by a health plan of your choosing along with your dependents. 

Effective date

  • If you opt for a different plan, changes take effect July 1.

  • If you enroll previously uncovered dependants, their coverage will take effect July 1.
Keep in mind

Since you must enroll or re-enroll, it is a great year to take a fresh examination of the plans that are available to enroll in,
according to Matt Kempf, SPEEA benefits director.

“Often, individuals get distracted by the high deductible of the Enhanced Plan, and do not realize that the premiums required for the Core Plan can be higher than the premiums plus deductibles for the Enhanced Plan minus the employer-paid Personal Care Account,” he said.

“This year, more than ever, individuals should strongly consider the Enhanced Plan, even if they expect to have healthcare costs that exceed the annual deductible.”

Powerpoint presentation shown at meeting

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Once you look at your costs for last year and choose a medical and dental plan for next year, it is time to estimate your costs for the year ahead and consider setting aside tax-free savings.
 Choose a medical plan

Enhanced Plan

  • Low premium
  • Moderate out-of-pocket cost
  • PCA funded by Spirit

Core Plan

  • High premium
  • Fewer out-of-pocket costs

NEW - HealthSaver Plan

  • Low premium
  • High potential out-of-pockets costs
  • HSA funded by Spirit
  • Optional HSA funding by employee

The Enhanced Plan has low monthly premiums, but has a deductible and coinsurance that you must pay when you incur non-preventative claims. 

  • If you do incur expenses, the company-provided Personal Care Account (PCA) can help cover some of the expenses.
  • If you don’t incur any expenses, the PCA rolls over from year to year.

The Core Plan has higher up-front costs in monthly premiums.

  • The Core Plan requires referrals, but in certain circumstances has office visits with zero co-pay.
  • In many situations, the high premiums of the Core plan make it too expensive of an option.
  • Individuals eligible to establish an HSA may receive an HSA contribution from Spirit, and may contribute themselves.
  • Unused HSA funds rollover from year to year and are investable once certain thresholds are met.
  • The high potential out-of-pocket costs make the HealthSaver plan a risky option.
Double-dipping continues: Boeing grabs $6 million from Oklahoma City for 900 jobs

The Boeing Company’s decision to move 900 jobs, primarily from Washington state, to Oklahoma City is the latest “thank you” to the state that is providing $8.7 billion in tax incentives to Boeing and aerospace suppliers.

By relocating the jobs to Oklahoma City, Boeing will receive $6 million in job creation incentives, reports The Oklahoman newspaper this week.

“This is one more example of Boeing double-dipping on tax incentives,” said SPEEA President Ryan Rule. “Just like when Boeing relocated jobs from the Puget Sound region to Missouri, the company will again receive tax breaks from two states without creating a single new job.”

While other states tied corporate tax incentives to Boeing increasing employment, Washington was not able to when legislators extended aerospace tax incentives during a hastily-called special session in November 2013.  

With the Washington Legislature back in session on Wednesday (April 29), SPEEA and IAM District Lodge 751 continue to seek a revision to the law that will require Boeing to maintain jobs in the state in order to receive the entire tax incentive. Legislation (HB 2147) sponsored by Rep. June Robinson (D-Everett) is in the House Finance Committee awaiting action. Legislation (HB 1786) sponsored by Rep. Mia Gregerson (D-SeaTac) to ensure aerospace jobs pay living wages is also awaiting action by the House Finance Committee.

Read the story in The Oklahoman newspaper

Read the opinion editorial in The Seattle Times by
SPEEA President Ryan Rule and IAM District 751
President Jon Holden.

NEW ACTION ALERT - Tell your Washington state legislators we need them to support aerospace tax accountability before Boeing sends more good jobs
flying away!

SPEEA Press Release: While securing
$8.7 billion in tax breaks, Boeing worked
16 efforts sending jobs out of state

Boeing's legal brief listing work
movements out of Washington

Learn about tax accountability
Voters support amending tax incentives
Other states tied aerospace incentives to jobs
Voters support tying wages to tax incentives
Tax Accountability Desktent
Archive: Past Aerospace Tax Incentive news
Members to law makers: Tie tax incentives to keeping our jobs before more are lost!
SPEEA and IAM 751 members brought their personal stories of work moving and job losses to Washington Legislators in Olympia on Wednesday (April 22). More than 30 state representatives and senators stopped by during their lunch to learn about the need to tie Washington’s $8.7 billion aerospace tax incentives to maintaining jobs (HB 2147) and ensuring family wages (HB 1786).

About one dozen SPEEA and IAM 751 members talked with the elected officials. The bills await action by the House Finance Committee. The effort to bring accountability to the aerospace tax incentive will likely extend into the Special Session.

At right, SPEEA member Mike Arrington, left, and former SPEEA Treasurer Rich Taylor, center, talk with Rep. Larry Springer (D-Kirkland) about aerospace tax incentives not meeting the original intent to maintain and enhance the state’s aerospace industry.
Council Rep Tony Hickerson, center, talks with Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-Ballard) and Rep. Gerry Pollet  (D-Kenmore). Hickerson expects to lose his job due to work moving out of the Kent Boeing plant. Rep. Bruce Chandler (R-Granger) listens to stories of lost jobs and work moving out of Washington from SPEEA Contract Administrator Bill Razeto, left, Northwest Vice President Brent McFarlane, second from right, and Rich Taylor, far right.
Northwest Council STEM grant application

The application period for the SPEEA Northwest Council grants related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) runs from April 1 through Aug. 15.

NW STEM 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

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

Apply for Grant Review Committee
If you're interested in applying to serve on the grant review committee, send your name, email and school district to by June 15.

This committee meets to review the applications and make recommendations to the NW Council, which votes on the grant allocations.

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: