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SPEEA Council ‘Meet the Budget’

Council Reps and committee officers were invited to ‘Meet the SPEEA Council budget’ and ask questions prior to the SPEEA Council vote Jan. 11. The SPEEA Council includes Northwest and Midwest Council Reps who connected via televideo at the SPEEA offices (shown here in Tukwila). A similar meeting was held last month for the regional Councils prior to the NW/MW Council budget votes.
Seeking candidates for Executive Board

SPEEA will conduct an election to fill the following Executive Board offices:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

 To be eligible, a candidate must be a member in good standing for the previous 24-month period.

Candidate instructions/petition

About the Board

The seven-member Board directs SPEEA’s activities through the executive director, prepares the annual budget and monitors expenses. Board members also serve as the team for any interim negotiations that may occur between formal bargaining sessions. The board members serve two-year terms.

Election committees need help

SPEEA is seeking candidates for the regional Tellers Committees, responsible for overseeing union elections and Council district delineation.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a regular SPEEA member in good standing for at least the past 12 months. Applicants cannot serve at the same time on the Executive Board, Council or Judicial Review Committee.

SPEEA/Boeing joint statement
Salary Adjustment Funds for 2018 announced
Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001 today announced the 2018 salary adjustment funds for employees in the union’s Professional and Technical bargaining units.

After reviewing the adjustment pools resulting from agreed upon data, Boeing recognized the need to go above and beyond contract requirements for salary pools to retain expertise and experience in the workforce. The additional adjustment results in a 3.2% salary pool for engineers with an additional 1.8% lump sum for all employees in the Professional Unit. The salary adjustment pool for Technical Unit employees is the full 5%.

As adjusted, the salary pools meet the contractual requirement to keep Professional Unit members at or above 115% of the market and Technical Unit members at or above 121% of the market.

Based solely on the market comparison outlined in the Professional contract, the salary adjustment fund for engineers would be 1%. The market comparison determined Technical employees were eligible for a 5% salary adjustment pool.

“This salary fund will allow us to recognize the importance of the contributions made each day by our engineering and technical employees,” said Todd Zarfos, vice president of Engineering Functions, Washington Design Center and senior chief Engineer of Systems.

“We agreed to Contracts that provide rates of pay above the market and Boeing continues to work with us to assure compliance with the letter and intent of our negotiations,” said Ray Goforth, SPEEA executive director.

Ryan Rule, SPEEA president, added “This is appreciated, and I believe, another reflection of the improved relationship we’ve been developing.”

Boeing and SPEEA negotiated the contracts for engineers and technical workers in February 2016. The contracts include a provision that salary adjustment funds are established from a pool of money of 5%. The pool is then divided into two types of funds, one for salary adjustments, and one for lump sums.

The size of the salary adjustment fund is then determined by comparing the average salary of Boeing’s employees in those units to the average salary of comparable employees in the market, with the annual Mercer-SIRS High Tech Company salary survey providing the standard.

Thresholds for the salary adjustment funds allow average wages 15% above market for engineers and 21% above market for technical workers in 2018.  SPEEA and Boeing representatives reviewed the Mercer data as well as data from other sources to help assure the intent of the agreement and the needs of the parties are met. These efforts will continue.

“It’s important to keep wages competitive and reward performance. That’s how we attract and retain the best talent, while inspiring the innovative thinking we need to win in the marketplace,” said Zarfos.

More information for affected employees is available from managers, union representatives, and Human Resources representatives.
Apply for the 2018 WEU Negotiation Team

With the Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU) contract expiring Dec. 1, 2018, SPEEA is accepting applications from members in the bargaining unit for the Negotiation Team.

Applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee. The committee interviews the candidates and makes recommendations to the WEU Bargaining Unit Council. The WEU Council Reps will consider the recommendations and vote to elect members to serve as the bargaining unit’s Negotiation Team.

Team members receive extensive training and work with SPEEA staff to identify and prioritize changes based on member surveys, case histories and market analysis.

The SPEEA WEU contract covers more than 950 SPEEA-represented employees at Spirit AeroSystems.

First place Labor Media Awards
Spotlite wins for General Excellence among labor publications

The monthly Spotlite magazine, written and designed by SPEEA Communications, is this year’s First Place winner for General Excellence in the 2017 Labor Media Awards.

Presented by the International Labor Communicators Association (ILCA), Spotlite won among labor unions with 10,000 to 30,000 members.

Officially presented during the ILCA’s awards luncheon and convention Oct. 20 in St. Louis, the award names Publications Editor Karen McLean, Graphic Designer Lori Dupuis, Communications Support Amber Musselman and Communications Director Bill Dugovich.

 “I'm proud of the fine work SPEEA staff do on a daily basis,” said Ray Goforth, SPEEA Executive Director. “It's wonderful when those efforts are recognized outside our membership.”

The annual ILCA competition receives hundreds of entries from throughout the United States and Canada. The General Excellence category requires unions to submit two issues of the same publication. The issues must be sequential.

 “This is a very special award because it comes from our fellow labor communicators and recognizes the work of everyone who has a hand in producing Spotlite magazine,” said Dugovich.

In past years SPEEA Communications received awards for Best Series and for stories on Labor History.

SPEEA mails Spotlite magazine each month to the homes of all SPEEA-represented employees. Members can also access the magazine by downloading the Spotlite app. The app is available for smart mobile devices by visiting on your mobile device. Links for downloading are at the top of the mobile site home page.


Eligibility extended two years
Trade Act Assistance available for laid-off Boeing workers

Workers laid-off by The Boeing Company in Washington state through August 9, 2019, are eligible to apply for training, income support, and other benefits through the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program (TAA or "Trade Act").

The eligibility dates were recently extended an additional two years as a result of a petition to the U.S. Labor Department by the International Association of Machinists (IAM), District Lodge 751 in partnership with SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001. 

Laid-off workers will receive a letter detailing the benefits steps to apply for assistance.

Since Washington state extended the aerospace tax preferences (tax breaks) in November, 2013 to Boeing and the aerospace industry with the agreed intent to “maintain and grow Washington’s aerospace workforce” more than 3,500 SPEEA-represented employees have been laid off by the company. The most recent figures from July show that overall Boeing has shed 15,828 jobs from its Washington state workforce since the tax breaks were extended.

Additional information to help members facing layoff is available on the following SPEEA web pages:

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.

Complete information and registration is available on the Boeing intranet
SPEEA Locations

SPEEA Headquarters
15205 52nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98188

Tel: (206) 433-0991
Fax: (206) 248-3990

Office Hours:

Mon - Thurs 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Everett Hall
2414 106th Street SW
Everett, WA 98204

Tel: (425) 355-2883
Toll Free: (877) 355-2883
Fax: (425) 355-9380

Office Hours:

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Wichita Hall
4621 E. 47th St. South
Wichita, KS 67210

Tel: (316) 682-0262
Fax: (316) 682-4668

Office Hours:
Mon - Thurs 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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