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Age Discrimination
Charges against
The Boeing company

What happened to 'maintain and grow' Washington's workforce?

Instead of “maintaining and growing” Washington State’s aerospace workforce in 2015 in exchange for saving $305 million in state taxes, The Boeing Company cut its workforce by 961 more employees.

That brings the total jobs Boeing has cut from its Washington workforce to 5,624 since the legislature extended $8.7 billion in tax breaks to the company in November, 2013.

Boeing’s tax savings for 2015 were released Friday (April 29). This is the first year the state Department of Revenue has required Boeing and other aerospace firms to disclose the amount of money a company saves by taking advantage of the aerospace tax incentives.

Two efforts by SPEEA, IAM 751 and key legislators in recent years have brought new scrutiny in Olympia regarding corporate tax breaks. However, intense lobbying by Boeing has thwarted efforts to tie aerospace tax incentives to actually “maintaining and growing” Washington’s aerospace workforce as the legislature intended. Washington remains the only state to provide large tax breaks to Boeing and aerospace companies without a requirement to grow or even maintain employment in the state.

Workers Memorial Day for those who died on the job

A crowd gathered in Everett at the Workers Memorial statue April 27 to honor those who died on the job or were injured. Several SPEEA members attended the ceremony hosted by the Snohomish County Labor Council.  

Union leaders read the names of 76 who died in the past year in Washington state. Guest speakers discussed the importance of improving workplace safety.

More events are taking place April 28, including a ceremony hosted by the Wichita Hutchinson Labor Federation at 6 p.m. (CST), at the Wichita Machinists hall.

The AFL-CIO initiated the holiday, April 28, following the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970.

Professional & Technical units
Voluntary layoff drawing interest, questions

With interest rising regarding Voluntary Layoff (VLO) and the enhanced benefits secured in the new Professional and Technical units’ contracts, SPEEA Contract Administrators and Council Reps are receiving and answering a wide range of questions regarding the process. 

A special  Voluntary Layoff Q & A is now available to assist members in areas The Boeing Company is targeting for employee reductions and making the VLO process available. Members are also encouraged to watch for lunch time meetings in their area. 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Apply for Northwest Council STEM grant

Members involved in outreach to encourage students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) may be eligible to apply for a Northwest Council STEM grant.

The 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 – deadline Aug. 15

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

Volunteer for STEM grant review committee

This committee meets to review the applications and make recommendations to the NW Council, which votes on the grant allocations. If you’re interested, email your name and school district to by June 15.

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Candidates for Northwest regional vice president

The SPEEA Tellers validated three candidate petitions for Northwest regional vice president Friday, April 22. They are listed here in ballot order.

  • Nikki Wagener
  • Dan Nowlin
  • Daniel Peters

The Northwest Council will elect the new vice president at its meeting May 12. The newly elected vice president will serve the remainder of the term – through March 22, 2017.

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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
973 S Glendale Street
Wichita, KS 67218

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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