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SPEEA/Boeing joint statement
Salary Adjustment Funds for 2019 announced

Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001, today announced the 2019 Salary Adjustment Funds for employees in the union’s Professional and Technical bargaining units.

After reviewing the adjustment pools resulting from agreed upon data, SPEEA and Boeing agreed to look beyond the contractually mandated data sources. Several additional sources were reviewed, culminating in agreed upon salary pools of 2.8% for engineers and 1.0% for Technical Unit members.  This results in lump sum payments of 2.2% for all employees in the Professional Unit and a 4.0% lump sum for all employees in the Technical Unit.

The salary pools meet the contractual requirement to keep Professional Unit members at or above 115% of the market and Technical Unit members at or above 120% of the market.

Based solely on the market comparison outlined in the Professional and Technical contracts, the Salary Adjustment Fund for each group would have been 0%.

“As in years past, the salary fund for 2019 will allow us to recognize the importance of the contributions made each day by our engineering and technical employees,” said Todd Zarfos, vice president of Engineering Functions, Washington Design Center and senior chief Engineer of Systems.  Zarfos added, “We have established these funds despite the results of the market data analysis.  We recognize the need to look at the agreed upon formula for determining salary funds and whether any adjustments might be appropriate. We believe the announced salary funds achieve the appropriate balance for our employees and the company.”  

“When we last negotiated, we agreed to contracts that provide rates of pay above the market and Boeing has worked with us to assure compliance with the letter and intent of our negotiations,” said Ray Goforth, SPEEA executive director.  “However, we would like to engage with Boeing on why the market data is yielding results neither SPEEA nor Boeing anticipated and see if we can make adjustments to assure our mutual intent is met.”

Boeing and SPEEA negotiated the contracts for engineers and technical workers in February 2016. The contracts include a provision that Salary Adjustment Funds are established from a pool of money of 5.0%. The pool is then divided into two types of funds, one for salary adjustments, and one for lump sums.

The size of the Salary Adjustment Fund is then determined by comparing the average salary of Boeing’s employees in those units to the average salary of comparable employees in the market, with the annual Mercer-SIRS High Tech Company salary survey providing the standard.

Thresholds for the Salary Adjustment Funds allow average wages 15% above market for engineers and 20% above market for technical workers in 2019. SPEEA and Boeing representatives reviewed the Mercer data as well as data from other sources to help assure the intent of the agreement and the needs of the parties are met. These efforts will continue.

More information for affected employees is available from managers, union representatives, and Human Resources representatives.

Veterans help Guide Dog Training Center

Mark Beasley, a Boeing engineer in Huntsville, Ala., is a U.S. Air Force veteran and amputee. He met and received his service dog, Cruiser, at Southeastern Guide Dogs in Florida. Realizing the center lacked an airplane mockup to help dogs learn about boarding airplanes, Beasley solicited surplus seats from Boeing. The SPEEA Executive Board recently paid to transport two rows of seats to the training center. Now, to build an airplane set and provide other help for the center, the SPEEA Veterans Committee started a “GoFundMe” page.
Read more about Mark and the airplane seat effort in the January edition of SPEEA Spotlite.

Visit the GoFundMe page: Veterans Service Dog Training Support

Workforce issues in governor’s budget

OLYMPIA – Investments in education and workforce training programs suggested by Choose Washington, NMA are included in the state budget proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee.
The proposals, announced in mid-December, includes:

  • $22 million to increase enrollment in K-12 and Community and Technical College programs.
  • $18 million for facility and equipment upgrades.
  • $16 million for incumbent worker training including the Washington Aerospace Training & Research (WATR) Center.
  • $7 million for system implementation to help ensure higher education credits transfer across institutions, as well as expanding aerospace programs.

“We have the best trained aerospace workforce in the country, and to maintain that, we must have strong programs for both youth and adults,” said NMA Council Co-chair Rick Bender. “This budget opens the door to high-skilled jobs and keeps our aerospace sector strong.”

SPEEA advocates that placing design and engineering with our members – wherever they are located – offers the best chance for a successful launch of the NMA. During a recent meeting with Spirit President and CEO Tom Gentile in Wichita, members inquired about Spirit’s efforts to secure some of the work and were assured the company will work to win and secure work going to suppliers.
The Choose Washington Workforce Development Strategy is the most comprehensive assessment of current investments in the state’s aerospace workforce. It includes strategies for ensuring Washington’s education and workforce training is scaled to meet the need, and is coordinated, integrated and accountable.

Work continues with the Council in multiple areas with SPEEA staff members Stan Sorscher on the Executive Council and Bill Dugovich on the communications work group. Dugovich recently was part of a Choose Washington panel that appeared on KBTC public television’s Northwest Now.

Visit the Choose Washington, NMA website.

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Visit the Choose Washington, NMA website.

Boeing retirement plan changes in 2019

With retirement seminars at SPEEA halls in December full, members of the Prof and Tech bargaining units can still receive updated information about Boeing’s pension and 401(k) changes in 2019 by watching an updated webinar.

Matt Kempf, SPEEA senior director of compensation and retirement, created the webinar to highlight the Boeing Company Employee Retirement Plan (BCERP) soft-freeze on credited service, the 401(k) changes to standardize matching contributions and other changes, including the new Supplemental Savings Plan (SSP).

The webinar was created to meet the increasing need by members for retirement information. Additional information was included in the November issue of SPEEA Spotlite – also available on the website under the Communications tab. In 2019, be aware of changes for the Profs and Techs regarding negotiated retirement benefits.

Changes include:

  • Boeing Company Employee Retirement Plan (BCERP) soft freeze on credited service
  • 401(k) matching changes to standardize matching contributions to 75% of first 8%
  • Special Company Retirement Contribution to vary based on the most recent hire date
  • Supplemental Savings Plan available for those that may hit overall 415(c) IRS limits on 401(k) contributions.

The 2019 SPEEA retirement seminar schedule is now available online  (drop-down menu: Medical/Retirement).

Seeking candidates - Executive Board VP

SPEEA is looking for members interested in leading their union to fill three Northwest regional vice president seats and one Midwest seat on the Executive Board.

Keep in mind

  • Eligibility – A candidate must be a member in good standing for the
    previous 24-month period.

  • Candidate information booklet – Candidate requirements as well as a
    petition are included in the Executive Board election information booklet.

  • Timeline – The earliest date to submit a petition is Jan. 9. Deadlines are outlined in the election information booklet.

The Board directs SPEEA’s activities through the executive director, prepares the annual budget and monitors expenses. Board members also serve as the team for any interim negotiations that may occur between formal bargaining sessions.

Helping Other People Excel
Pezzini HOPE award nominations due

SPEEA is seeking member nominations for the Stephen Pezzini Helping Other People Excel (HOPE) award.
This is to recognize a labor advocate who works tirelessly to help others within SPEEA and his/her community.

Nominations for this award are open to members in good standing from any SPEEA bargaining unit in Washington, Kansas, Oregon, Utah or California.

If you know a member like this, email by Thursday, Jan. 17. See the form (drop-down menu - Councils/Forms & Petitions).

Named for an inspiring Everett Council Rep who died of cancer at age 36 in 1995, Pezzini is remembered as a strong union activist, whose work made a difference for SPEEA members and his community.

Pezzini HOPE award committee
Members are encouraged to apply to review the nominations and recommend a selection for the 2019 Stephen Pezzini Helping Other People Excel (HOPE) award. If interested in serving on this committee, send your name and contact information to by Jan. 17.

This is one of SPEEA’s highest honors!

NW activist award nominations due
In addition to the Pezzini award nomination, which applies to all bargaining unit members, the Northwest Council seeks member nominations for the following awards:

  • New activist
  • Outstanding activist
  • Outstanding leader 
  • Lifetime achievement

To be eligible for an award, the member must live/work in Washington state, Oregon, California or Utah and be a member in good standing. See the nomination form. The deadline is Jan. 17.

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