Machinists vote to accept contract offer at Triumph
SPOKANE, Wash. – Machinists at Triumph Composite Systems voted Wednesday (June 22) to accept a new contract by 82 percent, ending the 43-day lock-out.
“In our 43 days on the line, we were able to get Triumph to move on every major issue,” wrote Jon Holden, IAM 751 president and directing business representative for Local 86 at Triumph Composite Systems, in a letter to members. “We gained important improvements over the Company’s offer on May 5th. You should be very proud of the contract which 82 percent of our members ratified because your unity made it happen.”
While most workers are expected to return to work Monday, June 27, they have until July 6 to return to work. Temporary replacement workers hired by Triumph are to be out of the workplace by Monday’s first shift, according to the IAM website.
SPEEA members at Triumph are preparing for negotiations. The SPEEA contract expires Sept. 29.
SPEEA Council Reps ready to ‘Educate, Inspire, Empower’
About 150 SPEEA Council Reps, union leaders and activists participated in the annual Leadership Conference June 11 in SeaTac, with the theme of ‘Educate, Inspire, Empower.’ Participants renewed and enhanced their skills by attending training sessions on leadership, grievance handling, legislative issues and member outreach.
Guest speakers included AFL-CIO Executive Vice President Tefere Gebre and IFPTE President Greg Junemann. “Today is about building for the future,” noted Junemann. “It’s never been more important than it is now.
In his keynote address, Gebre encouraged attendees to commit themselves to improving the lives of every working person.
"What we do says a lot more than what we say," Gebre said. "Demand big. Think big. And you will win big."
At the SPEEA Convention, June 10, Council Reps elected Midwest Council Rep and Treasurer Matthew Joyce to serve as SPEEA Council treasurer. He fills an interim vacancy created when Nikki Wagener was elected to the Executive Board as Northwest regional vice president.
The SPEEA Leadership Development and Training Committee organizes this conference and convention each year for Council Reps from all of the SPEEA bargaining units to come together. SPEEA Executive Board and Council officers also met with activists from Kansas, Oregon and Utah prior to the convention.
Look for more news from the Leadership Conference in this week's SPEEA News and the July Spotlite.
Officials at the SPEEA Leadership Conference included, from left, Council Rep Orlando DeLos Santos, President Ryan Rule, AFL-CIO Executive V.P. Tefere Gebre, SPEEA Council Chair Theryl Johnson, IFPTE President Greg Junemann and IFPTE Secretary-Treasurer Paul Shearon.
Martin Luther King County Labor Council President Dale Bright, left, with SPEEA Secretary Joel Funfar.
Professional & Technical units Voluntary Layoff exceeds Boeing's original goals
With only a handful of denials, more than 700 SPEEA members have been approved for Voluntary Layoff (VLO) from The Boeing Company, according to figures presented at the most recent Joint Workforce Committee meeting.
Boeing sent invitation letters to more than 6,450 members in Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) in recent months. Of those, 625 applied and were approved for VLO. The approvals exceeded the company’s original targets for BCA.
Additionally, invitations were sent to 1,411 SPEEA members working in Engineering, Operations & Technology (EO&T). Of the 101 who applied, 95 were approved. The six denials occurred for employees working in critical skill areas.
The total members approved for VLO across the two Boeing organizations shows 413 in the Professional Unit and 307 in the Technical Unit were approved. Layoff dates vary among the groups and may change. The next scheduled exit is June 24. The largest group is presently scheduled for July 22, when 373 are expected to exit Boeing. Layoff dates continue monthly through the end of the year and into 2017. A “ Voluntary Layoff Q & A” is available on the website to assist members.
(An early version of this story in the June 3 SPEEA News includes incorrect information regarding the application of the enhanced layoff benefit.)
What happened to 'maintain and grow' Washington's workforce?
Instead of “maintaining and growing” Washington State’s aerospace workforce in 2015 in exchange for saving $305 million in state taxes, The Boeing Company cut its workforce by 961 more employees.
That brings the total jobs Boeing has cut from its Washington workforce to 5,624 since the legislature extended $8.7 billion in tax breaks to the company in November, 2013.
Boeing’s tax savings for 2015 were released Friday (April 29). This is the first year the state Department of Revenue has required Boeing and other aerospace firms to disclose the amount of money a company saves by taking advantage of the aerospace tax incentives.
Two efforts by SPEEA, IAM 751 and key legislators in recent years have brought new scrutiny in Olympia regarding corporate tax breaks. However, intense lobbying by Boeing has thwarted efforts to tie aerospace tax incentives to actually “maintaining and growing” Washington’s aerospace workforce as the legislature intended. Washington remains the only state to provide large tax breaks to Boeing and aerospace companies without a requirement to grow or even maintain employment in the state.
For more information about the program, see Northwest Policy VII: Subsection B.4.
Volunteer for STEM grant review committee
This committee meets to review the applications and make recommendations to the NW Council, which votes on the grant allocations. If you’re interested, email your name and school district to email@example.com by June 15.
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.