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Honoring activists and friends at Northwest banquet
Attendees at the SPEEA Northwest Regional awards banquet on Saturday with IFPTE President Paul Shearon, center, include past presidents, from left, Tom McCarty, Craig Buckham, Shearon, current President Joel Funfar and past president Ryan Rule.

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.

Congratulations to the 2019 Northwest Council Recognition Award recipients!

New Activist

  • Geoff Case
  • Alex Chiu
  • Brian Connolly
  • Craig Kowald
  • Mark Naylor
  • Patricia Revolinsky

Outstanding Activist

  • Dolores Cavett
  • Jeff Forbes
  • Deena Hougham
  • Sean Murphy
  • Evan Wipf

Outstanding Contributor

  • Tony Barcelona
  • Douglas Brazeal
  • Emmanuel Domingo
  • David Garrett
  • James Raskob

Outstanding Leader

  • John Cardiel
  • Debarijit (Greg) Chandra
  • Tony Hickerson


Friend of SPEEA

  • Derek Kilmer

Lifetime Achievement

  • Bill Barrett
  • Craig Buckham
  • Bob Wilkerson

STEM Grant Review Committee

  • Michael Arrington
  • Marjorie Blanco
  • Douglas Brazeal
  • Emily Brent-Fulps
  • Michelle Cooper
  • James Raskob
  • Todd Rosenfelt

College Advisory Board Reps

  • Matt Adkins
  • Tom Dickens
  • Jim Gillan
  • Rick Hoffman
  • Theryl Johnson
  • Kelly Jones
  • Reece Lumsden
  • Chelsea Mason
  • Larry Raymond
  • Lynn Reynolds
  • Steve Spyridis
  • Gordon Yip


Executive Board election results
SPEEA Northwest Tellers certified election results after counting. Shown here are Tellers Saher Ahmad and Michael Knopp.

Members elected Dan Nowlin, Mike Shea and Daniel Peters to serve as Northwest regional vice presidents on the Executive Board. The names in bold are the top vote getters.

In the Midwest, Keith Covert is serving another term as Midwest regional vice president.

ballot order, winners bold
John Dimas 173
Dan Nowlin 417
Douglas Brazeal 290
Ugur Koksu  92
Shaunna Winton 360
Mike Shea 676
Daniel Peters 500 
Noel Cabanday* 235 
Mohammed Riaz Khan 69

A total of 1,369 valid ballots were received out of a total of 16,710. Northwest Tellers validated ballots and certified results March 13.

The new two-year terms begin March 27 for all four regional vice presidents.

About the Executive Board
The seven-member board typically meets twice a month and provides oversight to SPEEA activities and expenses in addition to serving as the interim negotiations team, as needed.

* In review of election results announced for the Northwest Vice Presidents election, an error was found that resulted in the incorrect tally being listed for one unsuccessful candidate. There is no change to the winning candidates but one losing candidate moved from 8th place to 6th place after correcting the error.

Boeing Seal Beach employees start to organize

CREATE letter to co-workers 

After reaching out to SPEEA for assistance, employees at Boeing's Seal Beach site in Southern California launched an organizing effort to gain a stronger voice in the issues that impact them at work.

Still in its early stages, the group adopted the name California Region Engineers And Technical Employees (CREATE) and is working to gain support in the workplace. Facing  changes that require working four hours for free before being paid for overtime, rising costs of health care and continued outsourcing of their work, Seal Beach employees realize the need for a stronger voice in the issues that impact their lives and careers. 

Learn more about the effort by visiting the

2019-2021 Council Rep elections
Become a union leader in your work area

Have you ever thought about taking that next step in getting involved in SPEEA? Consider running for the role of SPEEA Council Representative, serving the members in your district (work area).

Council Reps play a critical role in how SPEEA operates. As elected leaders, they set policy for the union and provide a two-way dialogue with the members in their district.

Since each district averages about 200 people, a Council Rep is responsible for monitoring a variety of issues – from union governance to disciplinary actions or other HR issues. As a result, they are the union ‘face’ in the workplace.

Once seated, Council Reps are provided training to explain the various processes and issues they will likely encounter. Council Reps work closely with SPEEA contract administrators as needed on specific contract/grievance issues as well as helping with communication such as lunchtime meetings on union issues.

Download the SPEEA Council Representative Election Information and Petition booklet for detailed instructions as well as:
  • Timeline
  • Eligibility requirement
  • District delineation (work area covered by each district)
  • Council petition (required)
  • Candidate statement guidelines

Deadline to apply – 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 27

Seeking Midwest candidates for IFPTE VP vacancy

SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001, has an interim SPEEA Area vice president vacancy on the IFPTE Executive Council due to the retirement of Donna Lehane.

  • Eligibility – must be a Midwest member in good standing for the preceding 24 months.
  • Petition and timeline, requirements and information – The petition requires signatures of 20 SPEEA members, along with a 25-word (max) qualification statement and 250-word (max) position statement in case of an election.

Petitions/statements are due by 5 p.m., Monday, April 1.

Vice presidents serve on the IFPTE Executive Council, which is responsible for governing IFPTE between triennial conventions.

The interim term continues until the next IFPTE convention in 2021.

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.

Subscribe to email news and updates from the governor’s Choose Washington NMA Council.

Visit the Choose Washington, NMA website.

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