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SPEEA BBQ draws newer hires, interns and families
Nearly 40 attended the SPEEA BBQ hosted by the Northwest New Hire and Young Members Committees Aug. 20 for members, family and friends. At the picnic at Seattle's Golden Gardens beach park, members could pick up SPEEA visibility items, including red SPEEA solidarity T-shirts (shown here). Among the newer hires were members who recently completed their Boeing orientation.  “I’m hoping that we’ll build on this and bring in even more young workers at our next event,” said Daniel Peters, committee officer. 
Members enjoying summer events!
Check out the summer fun events planned by and for SPEEA members, families and friends. Events are planned throughout the Northwest and Midwest regions. Sign-up information is on the SPEEA calendars. New events are added throughout the summer so check back frequently.
United Business Bank Fishing Derby - Westport, Saturday, Aug. 26
All Star Adventures – Discount valid through Aug. 31 
Race for Freedom – 5k run/walk, Sept. 9 
MW Golf Tournament – Augusta Country Club, Sept. 19
More information on the Events Page or NW Calendar and MW Calendar.
Supporting Engineering, Science and Technology in the Midwest

WICHITA - SPEEA makes an annual contribution to Kansas’ robotics competition called BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology). The program, held at Wichita State University (WSU), draws teams of students from throughout Kansas who then spend six weeks designing, building and testing a remote-controlled robot to use in competition.

Shown at right presenting the check from SPEEA are the Midwest Council officers from left, Treasurer Chris Streckfus, Secretary Emily ForestApril Padgett, with the WSU Foundation, and Midwest Council Chair Matthew Joyce. The presentation took place at the August Midwest Council meeting in Wichita. 

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:

Statement from the IFPTE
International Federation condemns hatred and violence

The SPEEA Council  passed motions as recently as May, 2017 (M17-014) condemning violence and threats of violence against individuals or organizations. SPEEA supports peaceful demonstration.

IFPTE condemns the violent beliefs and horrific acts of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend. 

We stand in solidarity with the courageous residents and community members, anti-racism activists, and religious groups who assembled to defend Charlottesville from racist groups and individuals who seek to turn back the progress American society has made in addressing discrimination and institutional racism. We mourn the deaths of Heather Heyer, killed in an act of racist terrorism, and Virginia State Trooper Lieutenant H. Jay Cullen and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, who died in a police helicopter crash in near Charlottesville. 

Labor rights are civil rights and human rights, and the labor movement’s efforts to realize fairness and justice in the workplace are inseparable from our commitment to oppose racism, discrimination and white-supremacy. As stated in IFPTE’s 2015 resolution in support of Black Lives Matter, racial inequality has always been a tool of those who wish to weaken and divide working people. 

Realizing a fair and just society requires the labor movement to oppose the violent acts and the rhetoric of racial prejudice but we must also dismantle structural racial inequality and make sure that public services serve all of our communities and community members.

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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