Puget Sound Prof &Tech Contract Countdown


Negotiations 2016

Professional & Technical contracts expire October 6, 2016

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Application for Prof/Tech Negotiation Teams

Deadline: Dec. 9

SPEEA Professional and Technical members who are eligible can apply to represent their bargaining unit in contract negotiations with The Boeing Company.

Application for Professional and Technical Negotiation Teams – due by Dec. 9

The Negotiation Team Nominating Committee will interview applicants and present a slate of nominees. The Bargaining Unit Council Reps (Professional Unit and Technical Unit) will vote for their respective negotiation team members and alternate(s).

SPEEA Northwest Policy
outlines the process for eligibility and nominations. See excerpts from this section of the governing documents below (in italics).

Minimum eligibility requirements (Northwest Policy Manual, Section VIII, Subsection C, #3)

Minimum eligibility guidelines for nomination and election of SPEEA members to the Negotiation Team shall be as follows:

  • Regular SPEEA membership for the immediate past three years.

  • At least two years of active SPEEA participation in the immediate past three years, including
    committee member, Area Representative, Council Representative, and/or Executive Board member.

  • No member of the Tellers Committee or Judicial Review Committee may serve concurrently on the Negotiation Team.

  • Completion of and full participation in negotiations seminars (candidate orientation) and interviews.

  • Written commitment to:
    • Participate in further negotiation training sessions.
    • Take time off during scheduled working hours for negotiations.
    • Work any contract area.
    • Abide by the Team rules.

If desired by a Bargaining Unit Council, nominations may be made from the floor at the meeting. However, only someone who has applied on time and met the minimum guidelines specified above, as verified by the Nominating Committee, may be so nominated.

The elected teams receive additional training and work extensively with SPEEA staff to prepare for and conduct negotiations. Prof and Tech contracts expire Oct. 6, 2016.

Interested in negotiating our next contract? 

Attend a Negotiation Team candidate orientation

Negotiation Team
Candidate Orientations 

Everett SPEEA Hall
4:30 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 23
RSVP to reserve your seat:
(Dinner provided) 

Tukwila SPEEA Hall
5 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 30
RSVP to reserve your seat: 
(Dinner provided)

Plans are taking shape for the next round of contract talks for the more than 14,250 engineers covered by the SPEEA-Boeing Professional Unit Contract and the 6,200 technical workers covered by the SPEEA-Boeing Technical Unit Contract.

Negotiation Team candidate orientation sessions are now scheduled for members interested in serving on their bargaining unit’s team. Attending a session is required for all members seeking nomination for election to their unit’s team.

Candidate orientation provides an overview of the negotiation process, team members’ responsibilities and overall timelines. All interested members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The SPEEA Negotiation Team Nominating Committee will make team applications available on Nov. 6. Interested members will have until Dec. 6 to submit their completed application. The committee will then conduct interviews before submitting their recommendations to the Professional and Technical Bargaining Unit Councils. Each Council will then vote to select the members who will represent their bargaining unit at the negotiation table. Additional training beyond the candidate orientation sessions will be provided before formal negotiations with Boeing begin in mid-2016.

While the Professional and Technical units each negotiate separate contracts, the teams work together throughout the process.

Join BUNS to support negotiation teams

The Prof and Tech Bargaining Unit Negotiations Support (BUNS) committee helps build engagement among members for upcoming negotiations. All Prof and Tech members are welcome to join.

BUNS meetings* – first Wednesday of each month at 4:30 p.m.

·         SPEEA Everett – RSVP:

·         SPEEA Tukwila – RSVP:

*Members outside of Puget Sound can tie in by phone – call (206) 433-0991, x1001 for details.

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