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July 23, 2014
SPEEA files age-discrimination charge against Boeing 

After months of investigation, SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001, charged Boeing with age discrimination. Acting on behalf of SPEEA-represented engineers, the union filed the third-party charges on July 23 with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Washington State Human Rights Commission.

“The evidence is overwhelming that Boeing hatched and implemented a scheme to engage in age discrimination on a breathtaking scale,” said Ray Goforth, SPEEA executive director, in a press release. “The scheme involved secret manipulation of the retention ranking factors used to determine layoff order for employees. This illegal manipulation doubled, tripled, and quadrupled layoff vulnerability for older employees compared to previous years. The company then announced a series of work movements and reorganizations to implement the manipulated layoff order.”

Since initial reports of layoffs last year totaling more than 1,000 manufacturing jobs, that number has grown to more than 2,500 with projections of up to 4,500 by 2016.

“Most industry observers have been confused or critical of the decisions to dismantle and disburse the experienced commercial engineering workforce,” Goforth continued. “The business case for these decisions was laughably superficial. Here is the explanation that makes sense. The disbursement of work to Russia, India and domestic ‘centers of excellence’ is merely a pretext for the wholesale purge of Boeing’s older workforce.”

Click here to see the complete ‘Charge of Discrimination.’

Letter to Homeland Security
Warning against doubling the H-1B visa program

With federal efforts to potentially double the size of the H-1B visa program by extending work authorization to spouses, SPEEA President Ryan Rule teamed up with IFPTE executive leadership to submit public comments to the Department of Homeland Security.

Noting the already broken system that does not adequately track the current H-1B holders, the letter emphasized the potential for even more exploitation of workers who have little or no leverage to negotiate better pay and working conditions.

Click here to see the letter

SPEEA 101 and salary charts overview

Newer members and others took part in SPEEA 101 to learn more about their contract and the benefits of union representation as well as an overview of the salary charts available online. Ed Wells Partnership ambassadors also presented an introduction to this contract benefit which provides technical training and professional development. Participants at SPEEA headquarters July 8 are shown here. About 75 total attended the presentation at both SPEEA Puget Sound halls.

Spirit to managers: Don’t discuss ratings at PM review

In the latest sign something is brewing at Spirit AeroSystems, the company is telling managers to “…not assign or discuss ratings” during Midyear Performance Management (PM) reviews. This comes on the heels of management refusing to provide an avenue in FileNet for documenting the discussions.

The result is that employees are being told to openly discuss and provide data to managers regarding their performance but managers will not be providing the information employees need the most; their current midyear ratings.

“The only reason I can think of for not letting employees have a discussion about their own rating at the Midyear Review is so the company can manipulate the PM final ratings at the end of the year,” said Bob Brewer, Midwest director. “Employees will have no way of knowing if they are meeting or exceeding objectives. This is not helpful and very disappointing.”

With Spirit thwarting attempts for true, open and honest discussions between employees and their managers, SPEEA has the following recommendations for PM reviews. (continued)

SPEEA taking action on work movement
A recent work movement question and answer session at the Boeing Duwamish site Wednesday (July 2) drew more than 75 SPEEA members and concerned employees.

Members continue to ask questions and seek clarity regarding The Boeing Company’s decisions to move work out of Puget Sound locations.

Those announcements include sending most of its Commercial Aviation Services (CAS) work to California and dispersing about half of its research and technology division (BR&T). Presently, about 2,000 employees in the Professional and Technical bargaining units are affected. However, indications are the number could go higher.

Council Reps are hosting meetings in the workplace with SPEEA leaders and staff to discuss concerns, issues and impact on contract benefits in more detail. SPEEA is also hosting after-work meetings at the Puget Sound halls, including a session scheduled for Monday, July 14, at the SPEEA Hall in Everett.

For the next available workplace meeting, talk to your Council Rep or look for a meeting on online calendar.

A list of actions, including the filing of an Unfair Labor Practice charge
with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), follow this link.

Aerospace tax breaks need to focus on jobs

Appalled by the movement of engineering and pilot jobs outside of Washington and the extensive layoffs at Boeing and Spirit in Wichita, SPEEA leaders took important steps at last month’s Leadership Conference to push the issue of corporate accountability in tax subsidy programs.

Tax incentives have economic value when they support well-paying jobs in the local community. It is unfathomable that companies should benefit from massive public tax breaks only to lay off thousands of skilled workers.

The SPEEA Council passed a motion in June formalizing the union’s position that industry tax breaks must be contingent on creating living-wage jobs in local communities.

Northwest leaders also signed an open thank you letter to Washington state elected officials who share SPEEA members’ frustration over jobs leaving the state. Many lawmakers have expressed urgency to add employment conditions to the state’s $8.7 billion aerospace tax preference measure, which is SPEEA’s key legislative issue.

The intent of the legislature to maintain and grow Washington’s aerospace workforce is clearly stated in the aerospace tax bill (SB 5259) passed last November in a rushed special session. However, there are currently no requirements for companies to do so while benefiting from the largest state tax break in U.S. history. (continued)

Apply for Northwest Council STEM grant

The SPEEA Northwest Council is accepting applications for this year’s grants related to science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) to encourage students to pursue related careers.

Click here for the application

Deadline to apply: Aug. 15

NW STEM grants are for non-profit organizations or institutions, with at least one Northwest SPEEA member participating
(as a coach, mentor or parent).

Review Committee named

At the July 10 meeting, the Northwest Council announced the members of the 2014 STEM grant review committee:

  • Brock Deady
  • Josh Little
  • Chris McMuldroch
  • Steve Rundus

This committee will review the requests and make recomme

Northwest Council officers (Dave Baine, chair, Carrie Rule, treasurer, and Rebekah Hewitt, secretary) also serve on the committendations for the Northwest Council to vote.

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:http://edwells.web.boeing.com/CareerCoaching.cfm.

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