Approved Council Motions 2017




Motion Number and Title

Final language



M17-001 Proposed 2017/2018 Budget for SPEEA Council

It is moved that: the SPEEA Council approve the proposed 2017-2018 SPEEA Council budget and submit the proposed budget to the SPEEA Executive Board for consideration and incorporation into the SPEEA budget.



M17-002 Support federal and state legislation to make college affordable, reduce student debt burden and provide greater access to higher education for all students in US

It is moved that: the SPEEA Council supports federal and state legislative efforts to make college affordable, reduce student debt burden and provide greater access to trade schools, community colleges, universities and internships for all students in the US. The committee will review legislation and support public policy based on adherence to theses principles.

M17-002 Published Ballot



M17-003 Motion to Support ILO Core Labor Standards in Aerospace Supply Chain

It is moved that: the SPEEA Council encourage the Companies employing our membership, to insist that all suppliers comply with core ILO labor standards, and enforce those standards as a condition for doing business with the Companies, where the core labor standards include prohibitions against child labor, forced labor or slave labor, protection for freedom of association, equal opportunities in pay and employment, and non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (including sexual orientation and identity), religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin.

M17-003 Published Ballot

03/09/17 SPEEA M17-005 Proposed 2017/2018 SPEEA Budget It is moved that: the SPEEA Council concurs with the SPEEA 2017-18 Fiscal Year Budget.

04/20/17 NW NW17-006 Motion to Support the Creation of a State Bank of Washington

It is moved that: the Northwest Council go on record as supporting the creation of a state bank of Washington by authorizing our activists and staff to lobby in support of 2017 Senate Bill 5464, or similar future legislation, and by educating SPEEA members about such legislation and encouraging them to personally support it.

NW17-006 Published Ballot

04/20/17 NW NW17-007 SPEEA Support for Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center

It is moved that: the SPEEA NW Council supports efforts in the Oregon State Legislature to ensure needed funding for the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center, (OMIC).

Further, the Northwest Council supports use of SPEEA website, publications, and other communication resources to educate and encourage individual SPEEA members and retirees to support OMIC and supports engagement and cooperation with other organizations supporting OMIC.

04/20/17 NW NW17-008 Support of International Workers Day (May 1st) and Immigrant rights events in the Northwest It is moved that: The NW SPEEA Council supports the May 1st International Workers day event in the Northwest and also approves use of SPEEA banner at event. It is also moved that $1,000.00 be requested from the Executive Board for any signs or informational handouts needed.

04/20/17 NW NW17-009 Support of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 9 in negotiations with the Port of Seattle It is moved that: the NW SPEEA Council supports ILWU Local 9 in their struggle in negotiations with the Port of Seattle. The NW Council requests the Executive Board to take steps in informing our members about this issue via our publications and information networks and urge our members to stand in solidarity and support the members of ILWU Local 9 at the Port of Seattle to help secure fair treatment of workers who keep our airport safe and running smoothly for the public.

04/20/17 NW NW17-010 Northwest Region Facilities

It is moved that: The Northwest Council requests the SPEEA Executive Board and SPINC:

  1. Study the current facilities needs of the NW Region, including a review of Portland and adding an office and at a minimum the need for a meeting room suitable for the full NW Council and associated staff and guests, conference rooms to allow multiple simultaneous meetings and to allow privacy for closed sessions, office space for SPEEA staff, and parking. Desirable features would include sufficient space to hold the NW Awards Banquet, SPEEA Convention, and NW Guest Night, outdoor space to hold events, and facilities for phone banking.

  2. Investigate property and/or buildings which might prove suitable for SPEEA Union halls in the Puget Sound Pacific Northwest.

  3. Report to the NW Council on the availability, capacity, location, and cost of such facilities that might augment or replace one or both NW halls no later than November 9th, 2017.

05/20/17 NW NW17-011 Extension of Training Requirements

It is moved: The SPEEA NW Regional Council excuses the following NW Regional Council Delegates from attending this year's SPEEA Refresher Training/Leadership Conference and grants them a 2 month extension from today's date.

  • Babak Arvani (E-1)
  • Michael Burdette (R-4)
  • Debarijit (Greg) Chandra (E-29)
  • Mark Friesen (R-50)
  • Sandy Hastings (E-18)
  • Tony Laffranchi (R-40)
  • Colleen Rowan (E-22)
  • Bob Wilkerson (R-50)
  • James Wulfekuhle (E-29)
  • Rick Yost (P-10)

*SPEEA Constitution 2.3.3 Training - requires a two-thirds majority vote of the Northwest Council

06/09/17 SPEEA M17-012 Support of CWA locals on strike


IT IS FURTHER MOVED THAT WE Publicize opportunities for SPEEA members to Support CWA members In Various ways so THE membersHIP can SHOW SOLIDARITY.

06/09/17 SPEEA M17-013 Opposition to the "Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act", R1313. Or any bills like it that allow companies to pressure the use of employees' DNA in wellness programs

It is moved that: THE SPEEA COUNCIL opposes the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, HR1313, or any bills like it that allow companies to pressure the use of employee’s DNA in wellness programs. Published ballot

06/09/17 SPEEA M17-014 Statement of Principle Regarding Threats and Acts of Violence Against Union Members and Other Non-violent Demonstrators

It is moved: The SPEEA Council:

  1. Strongly supports the right of nonviolent demonstration and picketing, as protected under the US Constitution and Federal Labor Law.
  2. Condemns violence or threats of violence against such demonstrations.
  3. Condemns violence or threats of violence against individuals and organizations executing their rights to organize under Federal Labor Law.
  4. Condemns acts or behavior which enables or emboldens parties to undertake violent or threatening behavior against those who organize or demonstrate. 
8/10/17 NW NW17-015 SPEEA support for striking Sarbanand Blueberry Farm Workers. It is moved: The Northwest Council supports the farm workers at Sarbanand Farms. It is further moved: The Northwest Council requests that SPEEA Executive Board support the farm workers at Sarbanand Farms, with up to $3,000 from the Labor Support budget.
9/14/17 NW NW17-016 Distribution and Disbursement of STEM Funds

It is moved: the SPEEA NW Council distribute the allocated fund for 2017-2018 SPEEA STEM Grant awards in the following manner:



Proposed Grant Amount

Auburn Mountainview High School

FRC 2907


Auburn Riverside High School

RAVE Robotics Team #5683


Auburn Senior High School

TREAD 3219


Ballard High School

Viking Robotics, FRC Team 2928


Bellarmine Preparatory School

 "The Revolution" Team 360


Bishop Blanchet High School

4682 Bravebots


Camas High School

Team Mean Machine 2471


Canyon Park Middle School

Canyon Park Robotics


Cascade High School  

Cascade Bear bots Team 4512


Cedar Park Christian School

Team 3663


Cedarcrest High School

Stealth 4089


Evergreen School, Shoreline WA

Rookie Team


David Douglas School District

ScotBots 4132


Edmonds-Woodway High School



Endeavour Intermediate School

Mrs. William's Class


FIRST Washington

Support of 15 FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge teams that have SPEEA Mentors


Franklin High School

#3231 Maelstorm / team XBOT, FRC #488 / #2939 Vertigo


FRC Team 1432

Metal Beavers Robotics - Team 1432


Hazelwood Elementary School

Hazelwood FLL Team #29238


Henry M. Jackson High School

Jack In The Bot 2910


Highline High School

High Tekerz Team 3574 Pirate Tekerz 11109


Inglemoor High School

Inglemoor High School Olympiad


International & Big Picture Schools
Bellevue School District

FTC Team 12506 Rose Dragons


Kentridge High School

Kentridge Chargers Robotics Team 3786


Lakewood High School

Full Metal Robotics # 4683


Martin Sortun Elementary

Martin Sortun Mountaineers 8200 & 8712


Mt. Baker Middle School

Techno Dawgs 201700012 (Temp Name, Rookie Team) Bulldog Builders #9016


Multiple schools in Bellevue, Renton and Lake WA School Districts

FLL Team 14302 (Mini-Taurs)


North Creek High School

North Creek High School First FTC 201700585


Northshore Middle School

Northshore Middle School Science Olympiad


Olympia School Dist        

The Avanti Avengers - 4450


Puesta del Sol, Spiritridge, and Phantom Lake Elementary Schools
Bellevue School District

Bellevue Cub Scout Pack673


Raisbeck Aviation HS (RAHS)

Skunk Works Robotics, FRC Team 1983


Roosevelt High School



Sabin-Schellenberg Center

Sabin Sharks - FIRST FRC 4051


Seattle Lutheran High School

SeaBot 1258


Sedro Woolley HS Robotics Club

Robocubs 4205


Shorecrest High School

Shorecrest TSA Club


Shorewood High School

Team Pronto 3070


Skyline High School

Skyline High School Spartabots Team 2976


Skyview High School

Skyview Stormbots Team 2811


Society of Women Engineers

Pacific Northwest Section-Outreach Committee


St. Mary Magdalen School

St. Mary Magdalen School After School STEM Program


Swerve Robotics

Centripetal 6220 
SKID (Space Koalas In Disguise) 417


Tahoma School District Elementary Schools

FLLying Turtles FLL Team 23246


US Grant High School

General Robotics FRC Team 3636


Washington Science Olympiad

Washington Science Olympiad


Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (WSSEF)

Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (WSSEF)






9/14/17 NW NW17-017 SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001 support for striking OPEIU Local 8 workers at Welfare & Pension Administration Services (WPAS) It is moved: The Northwest Council supports the OPEIU Local 8 union workers at Welfare & Pension Administration Services (WPAS). It is further moved: the Northwest Council requests that SPEEA Executive Board support the OPEIU Local 8 workers at WPAS, with up to $3,000 from the Labor Support budget.
9/14/17 NW NW17-018 SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001 support to picket at Freedom Foundation (Formerly Evergreen Freedom Foundation) fundraiser with M.L. King County Labor Council, Central Puget Sound Carpenters Local 30, Puget Sound Chapter Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, Washington Federation of State Employees Local 304, and other groups. It is moved: On September 14, 2017, the Northwest Council supports the picketing of Freedom Foundation Fundraiser with other unions and community groups, to fight
Right-to-Work in Washington State.
9/14/17 NW NW17-019 SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001 support to picket at Veneer Chip Transport (VCT) on behalf of Teamsters Local 313 It is moved: the Northwest Council supports the picketing of VCT in support of the Teamsters Local 313. It is further moved: the Northwest Council request the SPEEA Executive Board support eh Teamsters Local 313 with $3,000 from the Labor Support budget.
9/14/17 NW NW17-020 Limit three speakers For and three speakers Against each motion  
10/12/17 SPEEA M17-021 Questions for Executive Officer Candidate Elections

It is moved: the following questions be submitted to the applicants for the Executive Officer positions and their responses be included in the Voters Guide.

  1. Why are you running for this position?
  2. What can you contribute to the Membership in this position?
  3. What do you perceive to be SPEEA’s primary challenges and what are your proposed solutions?
  4. Problem solving, teamwork, and conflict resolution skills are critical for the position.  Please give personal examples where you have demonstrated them.
  5. How have you helped an organization achieve an important goal?
10/12/17 SPEEA M17-022 Virtual Voting Committee It is moved: THE SPEEA COUNCIL directs the Council Officers to appoint a special committee to evaluate commercially available virtual voting products performance, cost, and security, and report to the Council at or prior to the March 2018 Council meeting. The committee shall include at least one Council Officer, one Teller, and one member of the Governing Documents Committee. If the committee recommends SPEEA adopt virtual voting, it shall provide a detailed recommendation on the required updates to the SPEEA Governing Documents. The committee shall disband after its recommendation to the Council.
10/12/17 SPEEA M17-023 SPEEA 101 for New Members It is moved: the SPEEA council approves awarding a gift card, of not more than $50, to all new SPEEA members in good standing, including interns, who attend a “SPEEA 101 workshop” at one of the SPEEA halls, within one year of the date of their hire or transfer into a SPEEA unit.  Gift cards will be determined by the SPEEA Council Officers and/or the Executive Board.
10/12/17 SPEEA M17-024 SPEEA to support WSLC-sanctioned picketing of Betsy DeVos appearance at Washington Policy Center Fundraiser It is moved that: THE SPEEA COUNCIL SUPPORTS the WSLC-sanctioned picketing of the Friday, October 13 Washington Policy Center Fundraiser featuring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
10/12/17 SPEEA M17-025 Represented It is moved that: the SPEEA Council approves organizing Boeing GBB2-GBL employees into SPEEA.


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