SEATAC, Wash. - At the Northwest Recognition Banquet, SPEEA recognized the activists who make the union strong. Several awards were presented for lifetime achievement, as well as outstanding leader, contributor, activist and more.
Northwest Council Chair Tony Hickerson emceed the event, with help presenting awards from fellow NW Council officers, James Raskob (treasurer) and Douglas Brazeal (secretary). SPEEA President Joel Funfar introduced IFPTE President Paul Shearon, the banquet guest speaker.
The Northwest Legislative and Public Affairs Committee chose U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer for this year’s ‘Friend of SPEEA’ award for being an advocate for working people’s issues. SPEEA Treasurer Jimmie Mathis, who has represented SPEEA in many meetings with Rep. Kilmer, presented the award.
Among the honorees were Craig Buckham, former SPEEA president during the membership vote to affiliate with IFPTE in 1999 and the SPEEA 40-day strike of 2000. Buckham recently retired from The Boeing Company.