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Candidates for Executive Board
regional vice president
Northwest Midwest
Members vote for three Members vote for one
Brent McFarlane Michael Hochberg Keith A. Covert
Lynn Burow Joel Funfar Emily Forest
Shannon Moriarty

Seven members stepped up to run for four regional vice president seats on the Executive Board. The following candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot (as determined by the Tellers).

Ballots coming
SPEEA will print and mail ballots along with a voter guide, including candidate information, to members’ homes by Feb. 25. Deadline for ballots is Wednesday, March 11.

The new two-year terms for Executive Board officers begin March 25.

IAM President addresses SPEEA Council
SPEEA President Ryan Rule, left and IAM 751 President Jon Holden talk at union headquarters before the SPEEA Council meeting Thursday. Holden expressed his thanks to the Council for working with the IAM on worker issues, including the effort to add accountability in the Washington Aerospace Tax Preference bill. "Your issues are our issues," Holden said. "Working together and standing together is where we need to be." The IAM president spoke and took questions for about 20 minutes. At the conclusion, he was given a standing ovation by the Council.
Run for Executive Board regional VP

Interested in pursuing a seat on the SPEEA Executive Board as a regional vice president? Click on the link for election details, including a petition.

Link to election information and petition

Keep in mind

  • To be eligible, you must have continuous SPEEA membership for the preceding 24 months
  • Petitions must be turned in between Jan. 14 and Jan. 28
  • SPEEA will seat three Northwest vice presidents and one Midwest vice president following
    regional elections in March for contested races.
SPEEA activist award nominations

Northwest Recognition Banquet

The Northwest Council hosts a recognition banquet to celebrate the efforts of Council Reps and activists on behalf of SPEEA. In addition, SPEEA recognizes select individuals who go above and beyond for their union.

If you would like to nominate an activist in one of the following four categories 1) new activist, 2) outstanding activist, 3) special leader, 4) lifetime achievement, submit a nomination form to by Feb. 25.

SPEEA-wide volunteer of the year

Do you know someone who goes above and beyond, not only for SPEEA but also their community? Nominate him/her for the Stephen Pezzini Helping Other People Excel (HOPE) award recognizing the outstanding activist/volunteer of the year.

To be eligible, the nominee must be a member in any SPEEA bargaining unit. To nominate an activist, send an e-mail with the person’s name and why you are nominating him or her (with specific examples) to by Feb. 25.

Aerospace tax breaks should bring good jobs

Gov. Inslee's response to a question from SPEEA NW V.P. Joel Funfar about tax breaks and jobs

Appalled by the movement of engineering, technical and pilot jobs outside of Washington and the extensive layoffs at Boeing and Spirit in Wichita, SPEEA leaders are pushing for the addition of corporate accountability in tax subsidy programs.

Tax incentives have economic value when they support well-paying jobs in our local communities. Companies should not benefit from public tax breaks only to move jobs away and lay off engineers, technical workers, pilots, machinists and other skilled workers.

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How are the aerospace tax breaks working out for Washington?

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Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
EEOC continues investigating Boeing for age discrimination

The Seattle Field Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is actively investigating SPEEA’s class action age discrimination complaint against The Boeing Company. 

Several SPEEA members have filed individual Charges of Discrimination and the EEOC has assigned a lead investigator to coordinate investigation of both the class-wide and individual Charges of Discrimination. 

Protect your rights by filing an individual claim

Since SPEEA filed the class action age-discrimination complaint against Boeing, many members have asked if they’re covered by SPEEA’s Charge of Discrimination. SPEEA’s class-action complaint, filed with the EEOC and the Washington State Human Rights Commission, was based upon the evidence that we had at the time of filing. Although we believe we have identified a class of individuals being harmed by the employment actions described in the charge, there’s no guarantee that any individual is a part of that class until later in the litigation process.

It’s important to note that SPEEA’s charge focuses on an employment action that impacted a large number of SPEEA-represented employees who suffered a retention rating drop between 2013 and 2014. While SPEEA is pursuing an age discrimination charge on behalf of the class harmed by the retention ratings action, there may be Boeing age-discriminatory actions unique to other situations.

To ensure that your rights are protected, you need to file an individual claim with the Seattle Field Office of the EEOC, located at 900 First Street, Suite 400, Seattle WA 98104.  Phone number:   (206) 220-6884.

The link below provides additional information on filing, including a sample form for your reference.

How to file an individual claim with the EEOC

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: