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Executive Board election
Congratulations to newly elected SPEEA officers

Joel Funfar

Jimmie Mathis

Ryan Rule

Election Results*

Candidate Count
Mehmet Ugur Koksu 490
Joel Funfar ** 867
Keith A. Covert 331
Jimmie Mathis ** 1,171
Michelle L. Cooper 504
Ryan Rule ** 1,025
Stanley Huang 344
Dan Nowlin 314

* In ballot order, with counts provided by the tellers
** Winners

Total valid ballots returned in election - 1,698

Members voted Joel Funfar for president, Jimmie Mathis for treasurer and Ryan Rule for secretary. The three officers start two-year terms March 28.

The newly elected officers, along with the four regional vice presidents, make up the seven-member Executive Board.

SPEEA members vote each year on Executive Board positions, alternating between officer and regional vice president elections.

The seven-member Executive Board administers the affairs of SPEEA, including the budget. The Executive Board also serves as the interim negotiation team for all bargaining units.

SPEEA Tellers, from left, Michael Knopp, Lynda Maynard and
David Garrett
sort ballots as counting starts Wednesday.

IFPTE Representatives
Convention delegates named, VP election in Northwest

SPEEA members will have a strong voice at this summer’s triennial convention of the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) with 14 delegates from the Northwest and three from the Midwest regions attending.

IFPTE Vice Presidents

Midwest VP

  • Donna Lehane

 Northwest VP candidates*
(Two elected by NW members)

  •  Mohammed Riaz Khan
  • Joel Funfar
  • Ryan Rule
  • Jimmie Mathis

 *Names listed in ballot order determined in random drawing by the Teller Committees

Convention delegates

Northwest Region

  • Roger Aisaka
  • Mike Arrington
  • John Dimas
  • Rogelio Garcia
  • Nikolas Geiselman
  • Michael Knopp
  • Jimmie Mathis
  • Dan Nowlin
  • Daniel Peters
  • Joseph Pham
  • James Raskob
  • Carrie Rule
  • Bob Wilkerson
  • Gordon Yip

 Midwest Region

  • Ronda Cockrell
  • Keith A. Covert
  • R Matthew Joyce

In a move that saves thousands of dollars in election costs, the Executive Board recently authorized sending one additional delegate each from the Midwest and Northwest regions to the convention in Atlantic City, N.J., June 25-28.

The Executive Board’s action sends all members who submitted petitions with the required number of valid signatures.

With Midwest Council Representative Donna Lehane running unopposed for IFPTE Vice President from the Midwest Region, sending the additional delegate from that region eliminates the need for an election in the Midwest.

Northwest members will vote to elect two IFPTE Vice Presidents from a field of four candidates. While an election is still needed, sending the extra convention delegate ballot packet significantly reduces the cost of preparation, printing and mailing costs.

 Candidate statements and ballots to elect the two IFPTE vice presidents from the Northwest Region will be mailed to members’ homes by April 11. Ballots are due at SPEEA by April 25.

Meeting with officials in the nation’s capitol
Representatives from SPEEA’s Northwest and Midwest regions are in Washington, D.C., this week explaining members’ concerns and issues to labor and political leaders as part of IFPTE’s legislative week.
U.S. Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta, right, talks with members after their meeting. From left are Wichita Council Rep Ronda Cockrell, IFPTE Secretary-Treasurer Paul Shearon, Wichita Council Reps Joe Abbott and Matthew Joyce and Acosta.
Members held a lengthy meeting with Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) on Feb. 28. Pictured with the senator after the meeting are, from left, Communications Director Bill Dugovich, Puget Sound Council Reps Steve Ellis and Dan Nowlin, Sen. Cantwell, Puget Sound Council Reps James Raskob and John Dimas and SPEEA Labor Representative Stan Sorscher.  
Study will examine Washington competitiveness
SPEEA and Machinists District 751 - as part of the Governor’s Choose Washington NMA Council - commissioned Richard Aboulafia, vice president of the Teal Group, to conduct an in-depth analysis of the state’s competitive position to design, manufacture and assemble Boeing’s proposed New Middle-Market aircraft.

The effort was announced Wednesday (Feb. 7) during a conference call with reporters and representatives of the Choose Washington NMA Council. SPEEA and the Machinists, along with business, education, state and local government, are members of the Council.
“We look forward to looking at the data and providing a very clear examination of the state’s strengths and weaknesses,” said Aboulafia.

The study is initially co-funded by the IAM and SPEEA. Council and state officials are working on the broader funding for the Council’s overall efforts, including work related to the study.

“As independent aerospace experts, Aboulafia and his team know what aerospace firms look for when making site decisions,” said Chelsea Orvella, SPEEA’s representative on the Council. “With this study, our unions and the NMA Council are being proactive and tapping into new approaches to secure Boeing’s next plane in Washington.”

As one of the leading aerospace analyst in the world, Aboulafia and the Teal Group are well suited for performing an in-depth analysis of Washington’s engineering and manufacturing facilities, talent pool, supplier network, tax structure and proven success for Boeing.
“They will let us know where we are strong – and I believe we are strong everywhere,” said Jon Holden, president of IAM District 751. “This will be independent and something we can use to improve our environment.”

The study is scheduled for completion in April.
First place Labor Media Awards
Spotlite wins for General Excellence among labor publications

The monthly Spotlite magazine, written and designed by SPEEA Communications, is this year’s First Place winner for General Excellence in the 2017 Labor Media Awards.

Presented by the International Labor Communicators Association (ILCA), Spotlite won among labor unions with 10,000 to 30,000 members.

Officially presented during the ILCA’s awards luncheon and convention Oct. 20 in St. Louis, the award names Publications Editor Karen McLean, Graphic Designer Lori Dupuis, Communications Support Amber Musselman and Communications Director Bill Dugovich.

 “I'm proud of the fine work SPEEA staff do on a daily basis,” said Ray Goforth, SPEEA Executive Director. “It's wonderful when those efforts are recognized outside our membership.”

The annual ILCA competition receives hundreds of entries from throughout the United States and Canada. The General Excellence category requires unions to submit two issues of the same publication. The issues must be sequential.

 “This is a very special award because it comes from our fellow labor communicators and recognizes the work of everyone who has a hand in producing Spotlite magazine,” said Dugovich.

In past years SPEEA Communications received awards for Best Series and for stories on Labor History.

SPEEA mails Spotlite magazine each month to the homes of all SPEEA-represented employees. Members can also access the magazine by downloading the Spotlite app. The app is available for smart mobile devices by visiting on your mobile device. Links for downloading are at the top of the mobile site home page.


Eligibility extended two years
Trade Act Assistance available for laid-off Boeing workers

Workers laid-off by The Boeing Company in Washington state through August 9, 2019, are eligible to apply for training, income support, and other benefits through the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program (TAA or "Trade Act").

The eligibility dates were recently extended an additional two years as a result of a petition to the U.S. Labor Department by the International Association of Machinists (IAM), District Lodge 751 in partnership with SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001. 

Laid-off workers will receive a letter detailing the benefits steps to apply for assistance.

Since Washington state extended the aerospace tax preferences (tax breaks) in November, 2013 to Boeing and the aerospace industry with the agreed intent to “maintain and grow Washington’s aerospace workforce” more than 3,500 SPEEA-represented employees have been laid off by the company. The most recent figures from July show that overall Boeing has shed 15,828 jobs from its Washington state workforce since the tax breaks were extended.

Additional information to help members facing layoff is available on the following SPEEA web pages:

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
4621 E. 47th St. South
Wichita, KS 67210

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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