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Professional & Technical Units
Talks with Boeing bring offers to
amend & extend contracts

Recent meetings with The Boeing Company to resolve the salary adjustment process and a number of other ongoing member issues have now resulted in proposals for new contracts for the SPEEA Professional and Technical Bargaining Units.

Brought forward by the Executive Board in its role as the interim negotiation team, the offers were presented to the Prof and Tech Bargaining Unit Councils (BUCs) on Thursday (Feb. 13). The Executive Board recommends members vote to approve the offers. Prof and Tech BUCs voted not to endorse their respective offers. However, votes by the BUCs to issue statements explaining the opposition failed to reach the necessary 60% majority.

Voting packages are now being prepared and are scheduled to mail to members on Friday, Feb. 21. Ballots are due at SPEEA for counting by 5 p.m., Monday, March 9.

The offers come after meetings with Boeing, along with careful evaluation by Executive Board and SPEEA staff experts. The offers address the ongoing issues with salary pools, provide paid parental and family medical leave and address other ongoing member issues. If ratified by a vote of SPEEA members, the contracts will be extended to Oct. 6, 2026.

Lunchtime meetings are being scheduled to present the offers to members. Look for a notice on SPEEA bulletin boards and for the meeting schedule on the website.  


Members meet with state and federal lawmakers

SPEEA members joined a labor rally in Olympia, Feb. 6, to support public workers’ safety and privacy. Shown here, from left, Daniel PetersMohammed R. KhanRod Siders and Roger Aisaka. The Washington State Labor Council (WSLC), AFL-CIO, organized the rally as part of a legislative conference.


SPEEA activists met with members of Congress and staff in Washington, D.C., as part of the IFPTE Legislative Advocacy Conference. SPEEA members shown here, from left, are Emily ForestMichelle Gramke and Ronda Cockrell.

Members met this week with lawmakers in Washington, D.C., and Olympia, Wash., to put a face to labor issues.

Members of the SPEEA Legislative and Public Affairs Committee participated in the IFPTE Legislative Conference, Feb. 3-6. In addition to meetings with other IFPTE delegates, SPEEA members talked with members of Congress and their staff in office visits.

Members of the Northwest Legislative and Public Affairs Committee and Northwest Labor Delegates Committee participated in a rally and meetings with state lawmakers in Olympia Feb. 6. The Washington State Labor Council (WSLC), AFL-CIO, organizes the annual event, which features panel discussions and office visits. This year, the 200-plus WSLC labor delegates also joined a rally for House Bill 1888, to protect the safety and privacy of Washington state’s public employees.

Candidates for president, treasurer and secretary

Nine members submitted valid petitions for three positions on the Executive Board.

The following candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot.

President   Treasurer   Secretary
John Dimas  Douglas Brazeal Jimmie Mathis
Ryan Rule  Michelle Cooper Shaunna Winton
Joel Funfar Mike Shea .
Uğur Mehmet Köksu . .
Tami Reichersamer        

The Tellers Committee, which oversees union elections, determined the ballot order in a random drawing.

Ballots coming

SPEEA will print and mail ballots along with a voter guide, including candidate information, to members’ homes by Feb. 26. Deadline for voted ballots to arrive at SPEEA (mailbox or hall) is noon, Wednesday, March 11.

The new, two-year terms for president, treasurer and secretary begin March 25.

Members needed for regional Tellers Committees

With only three candidates seeking seats on the regional Tellers Committees, more members are needed to fill vacancies. The committees oversee union elections with training and support from staff.

Northwest Tellers

  • Michael Knopp
  • Sulena Kumnertsena

 Midwest Tellers

  • Joymesia Lee

 If you’re interested, print the petition and information at www.speea.org (drop-down menu for Councils/Forms and Petitions). 

Take action on Paid Family and Medical Leave

A bill that would grant Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) to union-represented employees at Boeing in Washington state is moving forward in the Washington state Legislature.

Senate Bill 6216 is necessary because the initial bill creating PFML included a Boeing-lobbied loophole to delay access to the benefit for union-represented employees who had a contract in place on Oct. 19, 2017. This affects more than 18,000 engineers and technical workers represented by SPEEA in Washington.

Take action to end the Boeing loophole

737 MAX impacts
Monitoring at Boeing - Spirit announces layoffs

SPEEA continues to monitor developments at The Boeing Company and Spirit AeroSystems regarding the planned shutdown of the 737 MAX line in Renton and the suspension of 737 MAX work and upcoming layoffs in Wichita.

The required 60-day WARN notice of layoffs at Spirit arrived in the SPEEA office on Jan. 10. Of the announced 2,800 layoffs in Wichita, company officials expect to cut 186 positions in the Wichita Technical and Professional Unit (WTPU) and 44 in the Wichita Engineering Unit. The layoffs could start as soon as Feb. 7. Recent negotiations added layoff benefits for SPEEA-represented employees in the WEU and WTPU.

Boeing maintains there are currently no plans for layoffs of SPEEA-represented employees. Boeing said during the shutdown, some employees will be temporarily reassigned but that everyone will have a job and work to perform.

SPEEA will continue to assess and monitor the situations at Boeing and Spirit for our represented employees to ensure all provisions of our collective bargaining unit agreements are followed.

Kansas Aviation Workers Layoff Resources

United Way of the Plains – Laid-off workers assistance

Kansas Department of Labor – Aviation Worker Response

Preparing for return to service
SPEEA secures bonuses for 737 MAX work in Moses Lake and Victorville assignments

SPEEA-represented employees who take a temporary assignment in Moses Lake or Victorville as part of the return to service of the 737 MAX will be in line to receive “completion bonuses” as outlined in a recently negotiated agreements with Boeing.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Moses Lake assignments provides bonuses for employees who complete 6-month or more assignments as part of the 737 MAX work. A 10% bonus is paid after six months. An additional 15% bonus is paid during months 7 through 12 and 20% after 18 months.

The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for Victorville provides a 10% incentive (bonus) for SPEEA-represented employees who complete 6 months of continuous deployment as part of the return to service for the 737 MAX.

“It’s encouraging the company recognizes the need for the experience and expertise in our members to return the MAX to service,” said SPEEA President Joel Funfar. “Given the extended time members will be away from family, these bonuses are appropriate.”

The date for the 737 MAX’s return is still unknown. However, Boeing has publicly announced that preparing the idle aircraft to return to service will require temporarily assigning some SPEEA-represented employees to Moses Lake and Victorville.

Open house for new CREATE office in Seal Beach

Otniel Pavia, left, Randy Morgan, center, and John Williams are shown above at the newly opened office of California Region Engineers and Technical Employees in Seal Beach. They joined dozens of activists, community members and employees wanting to learn more about having a voice at the office’s open house Oct. 9.

SEAL BEACH, Calif. – Non-union employees in Southern California came together to celebrate their new office as efforts to build a union gain altitude.

Activists, community members and employees wanting to learn more about having a voice at work celebrated at the open house in Seal Beach, Oct. 9.

The new office coincides with growing momentum to organize professionals working at Boeing in Southern California.

Professionals at Boeing Seal Beach contacted SPEEA to help them form their union. The workers wanted to have a local identity and came up with CREATE (California Region Engineers and Technical Employees) to represent all technical and professional employees at the site.

SPEEA Treasurer Jimmie Mathis attended the open house along with staff, including Rich Plunkett, an experienced negotiator, and Matt Kempf, SPEEA’s senior director of compensation and retirement.

More labor support for CREATE

The Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) international union representing more than 63,000 members in the industry wrote a letter in support of CREATE’s organizing efforts.

Another letter of support came from the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists (PASS) representing 11,000 employees at the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Defense.

Learn more and read the letters at www.create-speea.org.


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