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Executive Board election results
SPEEA Northwest Tellers certified election results after counting. Shown here are Tellers Saher Ahmad and Michael Knopp.

Members elected Dan Nowlin, Mike Shea and Daniel Peters to serve as Northwest regional vice presidents on the Executive Board. The names in bold are the top vote getters.

In the Midwest, Keith Covert is serving another term as Midwest regional vice president.

ballot order, winners bold
John Dimas 173
Dan Nowlin 417
Douglas Brazeal 290
Ugur Koksu  92
Shaunna Winton 360
Mike Shea 676
Daniel Peters 500 
Noel Cabanday* 235 
Mohammed Riaz Khan 69

A total of 1,369 valid ballots were received out of a total of 16,710. Northwest Tellers validated ballots and certified results March 13.

The new two-year terms begin March 27 for all four regional vice presidents.

About the Executive Board
The seven-member board typically meets twice a month and provides oversight to SPEEA activities and expenses in addition to serving as the interim negotiations team, as needed.

* In review of election results announced for the Northwest Vice Presidents election, an error was found that resulted in the incorrect tally being listed for one unsuccessful candidate. There is no change to the winning candidates but one losing candidate moved from 8th place to 6th place after correcting the error.

Boeing Seal Beach employees start to organize

CREATE letter to co-workers 

After reaching out to SPEEA for assistance, employees at Boeing's Seal Beach site in Southern California launched an organizing effort to gain a stronger voice in the issues that impact them at work.

Still in its early stages, the group adopted the name California Region Engineers And Technical Employees (CREATE) and is working to gain support in the workplace. Facing  changes that require working four hours for free before being paid for overtime, rising costs of health care and continued outsourcing of their work, Seal Beach employees realize the need for a stronger voice in the issues that impact their lives and careers. 

Learn more about the effort by visiting the

2019-2021 Council Rep elections
Become a union leader in your work area

Have you ever thought about taking that next step in getting involved in SPEEA? Consider running for the role of SPEEA Council Representative, serving the members in your district (work area).

Council Reps play a critical role in how SPEEA operates. As elected leaders, they set policy for the union and provide a two-way dialogue with the members in their district.

Since each district averages about 200 people, a Council Rep is responsible for monitoring a variety of issues – from union governance to disciplinary actions or other HR issues. As a result, they are the union ‘face’ in the workplace.

Once seated, Council Reps are provided training to explain the various processes and issues they will likely encounter. Council Reps work closely with SPEEA contract administrators as needed on specific contract/grievance issues as well as helping with communication such as lunchtime meetings on union issues.

Download the SPEEA Council Representative Election Information and Petition booklet for detailed instructions as well as:
  • Timeline
  • Eligibility requirement
  • District delineation (work area covered by each district)
  • Council petition (required)
  • Candidate statement guidelines

Deadline to apply – 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 27

Proposed change to Midwest by-laws

Midwest Council unanimously approved publishing a proposed revision to the SPEEA Midwest by-laws regarding Council Rep petition deadlines.

 The SPEEA Midwest Governing Documents Committee drafted and approved the proposed change to By-Laws Section 5.3.2, which addresses the timing for filing a petition for a Council Representative position every odd-numbered year.

 This amendment needs to be published, for comment, before being accepted or rejected, according to the SPEEA Constitution - Article 15.2.2 – 2 and 15.2.2 – 3.

 The intention of the proposed change is to ease the application process, to make advertising the deadline easier and to give staff adequate time to process and prepare the election ballots.

 The Midwest Council will vote on the changes Feb. 21.

 The proposed changes are shown here. Deleted text has a line through it and new text is underlined.

 5.3.2 Nomination

Any regular member of the Midwest Region, with continuous membership during the 12 months prior, may file a petition for a Council Representative position with the Midwest Regional Tellers Committee on or before the first last Wednesday in ApriMarch of odd-numbered years. The petition shall include the endorsements of a minimum of fifteen regular members in the council district and be signed by the candidate. The Midwest Regional Tellers shall validate the petition signatures for membership and district location. The Midwest Regional Tellers may determine the number of endorsements of regular members in small membership districts. 

Seeking Midwest candidates for IFPTE VP vacancy

SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001, has an interim SPEEA Area vice president vacancy on the IFPTE Executive Council due to the retirement of Donna Lehane.

  • Eligibility – must be a Midwest member in good standing for the preceding 24 months.
  • Petition and timeline, requirements and information – The petition requires signatures of 20 SPEEA members, along with a 25-word (max) qualification statement and 250-word (max) position statement in case of an election.

Petitions/statements are due by 5 p.m., Monday, April 1.

Vice presidents serve on the IFPTE Executive Council, which is responsible for governing IFPTE between triennial conventions.

The interim term continues until the next IFPTE convention in 2021.

SPEEA and IFPTE support federal workers affected by shutdown

SPEEA members and staff joined federal workers, state labor leaders and union members at SeaTac airport (shown left) Jan. 10 to push for an end to the federal shutdown. More than 800,000 federal workers are without a paycheck. More than 10,000 members of SPEEA sister locals in the IFPTE are federal workers and either off the job or working without pay.

As hundreds of thousands of workers, including over 10,000 IFPTE members, are affected by the government shutdown, many in the IFPTE family stepped up in solidarity.

SPEEA, Local 2001 provided grocery store gift cards to members of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA), including 40 gift cards delivered to the Wichita-area NATCA members.

“We are looking to places where we can support our neighbors and fellow union members, and intend to also look for ways to support IFPTE-furloughed members as well,” said SPEEA Treasurer Jimmie Mathis.

The IFPTE website provides tools for federal workers who are not receiving pay to get help with unemployment insurance and other financial assistance. See for more details.

In addition, IFPTE officers and staff continue to demand an end to the shutdown through outreach to members of Congress. They’ve also attended and marched at numerous rallies.

SPEEA members and staff also joined federal workers, state labor leaders and union members at SeaTac airport and nearby Angle Lake Park to push for an end to the federal shutdown. The rallies were in direct support of airport workers, such as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers, and federal prison workers.

SPEEA/Boeing joint statement
Salary Adjustment Funds for 2019 announced

Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001, announced the 2019 Salary Adjustment Funds for employees in the union’s Professional and Technical bargaining units. Read more

Veterans help Guide Dog Training Center

Mark Beasley, a Boeing engineer in Huntsville, Ala., is a U.S. Air Force veteran and amputee. He met and received his service dog, Cruiser, at Southeastern Guide Dogs in Florida. Realizing the center lacked an airplane mockup to help dogs learn about boarding airplanes, Beasley solicited surplus seats from Boeing. The SPEEA Executive Board recently paid to transport two rows of seats to the training center. Now, to build an airplane set and provide other help for the center, the SPEEA Veterans Committee started a “GoFundMe” page.

Read more about Mark and the airplane seat effort in the January edition of SPEEA Spotlite.

Visit the GoFundMe page: Veterans Service Dog Training Support
Workforce issues in governor's budget

OLYMPIA – Investments in education and workforce training programs suggested by Choose Washington, NMA are included in the state budget proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee.
The proposals, announced in mid-December, includes:

  • $22 million to increase enrollment in K-12 and Community and Technical College programs.
  • $18 million for facility and equipment upgrades.
  • $16 million for incumbent worker training including the Washington Aerospace Training & Research (WATR) Center.
  • $7 million for system implementation to help ensure higher education credits transfer across institutions, as well as expanding aerospace programs.

“We have the best trained aerospace workforce in the country, and to maintain that, we must have strong programs for both youth and adults,” said NMA Council Co-chair Rick Bender. “This budget opens the door to high-skilled jobs and keeps our aerospace sector strong.”

SPEEA advocates that placing design and engineering with our members – wherever they are located – offers the best chance for a successful launch of the NMA. During a recent meeting with Spirit President and CEO Tom Gentile in Wichita, members inquired about Spirit’s efforts to secure some of the work and were assured the company will work to win and secure work going to suppliers.
The Choose Washington Workforce Development Strategy is the most comprehensive assessment of current investments in the state’s aerospace workforce. It includes strategies for ensuring Washington’s education and workforce training is scaled to meet the need, and is coordinated, integrated and accountable.

Work continues with the Council in multiple areas with SPEEA staff members Stan Sorscher on the Executive Council and Bill Dugovich on the communications work group. Dugovich recently was part of a Choose Washington panel that appeared on KBTC public television’s Northwest Now.

Subscribe to email news and updates from the governor’s Choose Washington NMA Council.

Visit the Choose Washington, NMA website.

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