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Summer/Fall SPEEA Events happening in your region.

‘Step up for SPEEA’ prepares new leaders

SPEEA Wichita Council Reps and other leaders take part in the first phase of ‘Step Up for SPEEA’ at the Midwest office on Oct. 28. The meeting and training is the first of two sessions aimed to help represented employees seeking to become more involved in our union. With an influx of new Council Reps in the coming months, the group worked on developing ways to transfer knowledge to those who want to Step Up their activities with SPEEA. With some Wichita Council Reps taking advantage of voluntary layoff or early retirement from Spirit AeroSystems, there are new opportunities for members to step up and become Council or Area representatives. Northwest Vice Presidents Joel Funfar and Mike Hochberg attended Oct. 28 and President Ryan Rule and Jimmie Mathis will attend Nov. 13 for a day of skill building and mentoring geared toward those who want to ‘Step Up for SPEEA!’

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Have you taken the Connection Survey?

Help SPEEA stay connected with members by taking a short survey. Your participation will help ensure our efforts meet members’ interests at work and in their communities. Take the Connection survey

Boeing employees seek answers
Meetings overflow in wake of Boeing's work movements

Employees worried for their careers as Boeing continues to announce work movements bring questions to lunchtime meetings at various locations around Puget Sound. Boeing recently announced thousands of defense jobs are moving out of Washington state. The announcements leave thousands of engineers, technical workers and others worried about being laid off from jobs they've held for years. Standing-room meetings have been held in Kent and Seattle with SPEEA Council Reps, Executive Board members and staff experts answering questions about layoff processes, retirement, retention rating issues and job search resources. Additional meetings are planned.

Learn about meetings in your area by talking to Council Reps or visiting the Northwest Calendar at Information for represented employees facing possible layoff is also available on this website under 'Member Tools.'

How is the movement of work impacting you?

Boeing is moving work away from traditional locations and sending it elsewhere. Tell SPEEA what it means to you, your colleagues and your families. Complete and submit this .pdf form and share your experience.

Aerospace tax breaks should bring good 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?

Executive Board statement on Boeing defense work move 
The SPEEA Executive Board expresses extreme disappointment on Boeing’s announcement of additional BDS job losses in Washington state on top of reductions at CAS, BR&T and EO&T. We understand the issues and emotional impact this brings to our members and their families.

We are working with the company to find opportunities for our impacted members to find new jobs in BDS, BCA, EO&T and other locations. We continue to meet with the company to identify problems, share your concerns and reduce roadblocks. If you encounter issues with your job search at Boeing or have concerns, send a note to:

SPEEA is monitoring the company’s announcements and reviewing all WARN notices issued to employees to ensure the obligations and requirements of our contracts are met.

Ryan Rule
Bob Wilkerson
Jimmie Mathis

Joel Funfar
N.W. Regional V.P.
Michael Hochberg
N.W.  Regional V.P.
Brent McFarlane
N.W.  Regional V.P.
Earl Carter
M.W. Regional V.P.

Legislative and public affairs
Where do your political candidates stand on key issues?

The SPEEA national and Northwest Legislative and Public Affairs committees recently sent questions to all state and federal candidates on issues affecting our jobs.

More than 120 candidates responded. Their answers (unedited) are linked here to show where they stand on key labor and aerospace issues.

You will see both Democrat and Republican candidates as well as other parties’ candidates who responded. SPEEA does not endorse candidates nor donate to candidate campaigns.

Click here for candidate responses to SPEEA questions

Ballots are scheduled for delivery Oct. 21 to Washington state voters. Ballots are due Nov. 4 for both state and federal elections. Remember to vote!

Protect your rights by filing an individual claim
Age discrimination charges against Boeing

Following SPEEA’s class action age-discrimination complaint against Boeing, many members are asking if they’re covered by the charge.

SPEEA’s complaint, filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and 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 Boeing’s actions, there’s no guarantee that any individual is a part of that class until later in the litigation process.

To ensure that your rights are protected, you need to file an individual claim with the EEOC. The link provides additional information on filing, including a sample form for your reference.

How to file an individual claim with the EEOC

SPEEA Office Support and Contract Administrator job openings

SPEEA is seeking applicants for multiple office support and contract administrator positions at our union halls.

The Office Support positions are part of a team responsible for all of the administrative functions required to run three union offices.  This includes membership processing/billing, interfacing with members/potential members, supporting meetings and collective bargaining sessions.  

Download the Office Support job posting

The Contract Administrator is responsible for membership recruitment and mobilizing, collective bargaining support, grievance representation, investigative interview (Weingarten) representation, and other duties as assigned.

Download the Contract Administrator job posting

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: