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IFPTE president at Council meeting
IFPTE Pres. Greg Junemann addressed the Northwest Council, (shown here - left with NW Council Chair David Baine) in Tukwila April 9, at the last meeting of the 2013-2015 Council Rep term. For some Council Reps, this was their last meeting. Others were newcomers who will be seated for two-year Council Rep terms next month. Following Junemann’s ‘state of the labor movement,’ the Council Reps met in smaller groups to discuss site-specific outreach.
Donate to help family of member killed in car accident
Glenn Henderson, a SPEEA member since 2007, passed away tragically in a car accident on his way to work at the Boeing Renton plant early Tuesday March 31. 

Glenn, 35, and his wife Natashia, a local school teacher, are expecting their third child. Both of the children now at home are under three years of age.

Donations to help the family with funeral expenses and allow Natashia to spend time at home when the baby arrives can be made at

Co-workers said Glenn was an amazing person who was always willing to help and had a contagious smile.
Washington seeks parity with other states
Efforts continue to tie aerospace tax breaks to jobs, good wages
SPEEA, the Machinists and key legislators are watching the Washington House of Representatives Finance Committee for signs two bills addressing the lack of accountability in Washington's aerospace tax preferences will advance out of the committee.

With public hearings held last month before a packed audience, the next step needed is for the bills to make it out of the Finance Committee and onto the House floor for a vote.  A positive vote there sends the proposed legislation onto the state Senate for action.

Proposed by Rep. June Robinson, (D-Everett), HB 2147 will cut the size of The Boeing Company’s tax break as employment falls below the Oct. 31, 2013 baseline of 83,295 employees. If it falls by more than 5,000, the tax break is eliminated. As the chart at right shows, unlike other states, Washington's aerospace tax incentives do not require Boeing to create new, or even maintain existing job levels to receive the tax breaks.

A second bill, HB 1786, would establish wage standards for companies taking the aerospace tax incentive. Proposed by Rep. Mia Gregerson, (D-SeaTac), the bill requires companies taking the tax incentives to pay workers with three years of service the state median wage, currently $19.67 per hour.

Pressed by The Boeing Company in November 2013, Washington legislators extended $8.7 billion in tax incentives to aerospace companies during a special legislative session. Recent statewide polling showed likely voters overwhelmingly support amending the incentives to require Boeing to maintain jobs in Washington and ensure suppliers pay workers a living wage.

Boeing’s employment in Washington has fallen from 83,295 employees on Oct. 31, 2013 to 80,241 employees on Feb. 26, 2015, for a loss of 3,054 jobs since the incentives were extended.

The Northwest Legislative and Public Affairs Committee awarded the prestigious “Friend of SPEEA” award to Rep. Mia Gregerson (D -SeaTac) and Rep. June Robinson (D - Everett) for their ongoing work to add accountability to Washington's aerospace tax incentives.
Learn about tax accountability
Voters support amending tax incentives
Other states tied aerospace incentives to jobs
Voters support tying wages to tax incentives
Tax Accountability Desktent
Archive: Past Aerospace Tax Incentive news

SPEEA Press Release: While securing
$8.7 billion in tax breaks, Boeing worked
16 efforts sending jobs out of state

Boeing's legal brief listing work
movements out of Washington

Read aerospace analyst
Scott Hamilton's recent column: 

Washington State: tie jobs-for-tax
breaks like other states do.

Council Rep elections in 12 districts

A total of 119 members submitted valid petitions for Council Rep seats. In the Northwest, there are contested races in 11 districts, and the Midwest has one contested race.

Northwest and Midwest Council Rep petitioners - See contested races and who ran unopposed as well as vacancies. All Council Reps will be seated at the May 14 regional Council meetings for two-year terms.


In the Northwest, 35 open seats remain in 27 districts. Some vacancies are in larger districts with more than one Council Rep. All Midwest Council seats are filled.
IFPTE Elections
Run for convention delegate and/or VP

Are you interested in representing your union as a delegate at the triennial IFPTE convention in Las Vegas, July 27-30?

Petitions and statements are due by 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 21.

SPEEA will send 14 Northwest and two Midwest delegates elected by members. SPEEA members will also elect three regional vice presidents to serve on the Executive Council, which meets twice a year.


Candidates must be SPEEA members with continuous good standing for at least two full years prior to the election for delegate and/or vice president.

To apply

Candidates must submit a petition signed by 20 members along with a 25-word (max) qualification statement and 250 word (max) position statement. This applies to both the delegate and VP candidates.

Send the statements via email to to (Northwest) or (Midwest).  You can scan and email the petitions or fax them  but the original form (print) must also be delivered to your nearest SPEEA hall.

See link for petitions

Northwest Council STEM grant application

The application period for the SPEEA Northwest Council grants related to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) runs from April 1 through Aug. 15.

NW STEM 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

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

Apply for Grant Review Committee
If you're interested in applying to serve on the grant review committee, send your name, email and school district to by June 15.

This committee meets to review the applications and make recommendations to the NW Council, which votes on the grant allocations.

Ferris High School (Spokane, Wash.) Saxon Robotics team (shown here) is one of several SPEEA-sponsored teams that competed in the Pacific Northwest District championship for FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) April 1-4. The Northwest Council is now accepting applications for grants related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) including robotics and other efforts to promote STEM awareness in the schools. (Photo provided by the team).
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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: