SPEEA Cares fund provides emergency assistance for members and their families who are facing difficulties due to layoffs or other issues.
For approved requests, the fund pays up to $500 for a one-time-only bill related to housing or utilities and can also provide a gas or grocery gift card.
SPEEA staff forward eligible requests to the Puget Sound Labor Agency (PSLA). This tax-exempt 501 c (3) non-profit organization arranges for direct payment of the bill to the appropriate creditor or utility.
The fund started during the SPEEA 40-day strike of 2000 thanks to the generosity of SPEEA members from all of our bargaining units, as well as other labor unions contributing to a strike-relief fund for members’ emergencies. The money left over after the strike went into the SPEEA Cares fund to help laid-off members, particularly following 9/11 layoffs of 2001.
Since starting the fund nine years ago, SPEEA Cares issued more than 4,000 checks. About 60% of the total were in the first year and were mostly strike-related.
SPEEA members continue to contribute through ECF or cash donations to keep the fund going.
To make a request: Send an e-mail with your contact information, a brief explanation of your circumstances and the bill you need help paying to firstname.lastname@example.org
To donate: You can designate SPEEA Cares in your contribution to the Employee Community Fund (ECF) at The Boeing Company, or send a check to SPEEA Cares Fund, care of PSLA, at 2800 First Ave., Rm. 126, Seattle, WA 98121. With no administrative fees, 100% of donated funds go to eligible individuals.