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Age Discrimination
Charges against
The Boeing company

To honor Memorial Day
SPEEA offices will close at 3:00 pm on Friday, May 27,
and will re-open on Tuesday, May 31

Machinist Sam James, left, NW Council Chair Tony Hickerson and IAM Business Rep Steve Warren on the line in Spokane. Machinists Jim Hodges, left, Jeff Lund and NW Council Treasurer Orlando De Los Santos show solidarity in Spokane.
More photos from the event and strike: SPEEA Facebook album and IAM Eastern Washington Facebook

IAM members on strike Triumph
SPEEA hosts BBQ for striking Machinists at Triumph in Spokane

SPOKANE – SPEEA NW Council Chair Tony Hickerson and Treasurer Orlando De Los Santos joined SPEEA members in Spokane as our union hosted a lunch BBQ on the picket line for striking machinists at Triumph.

More than 200 Machinists, SPEEA members and community supporters attended the event Wednesday (May 18) outside the main gate at the Triumph plant.  The event comes one week after IAM District 751, Local 86, called a strike over wages, benefits and job security.

“These are darn good people and I’m happy to come and stand with them,” Hickerson said.

The IAM filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) against the company for threats, coercion, direct dealing and stopping negotiations prematurely. The IAM members voted by 94% to reject Triumph’s contract offer and 93% voted to go on strike.

Many of the machinists expressed their thanks to SPEEA for staging the event and showing our support. SPEEA is currently gearing up to negotiate with Triumph. The existing contract expires in September.

Triumph is one of the companies’ that uses the Washington Aerospace Tax Incentives. The company shaved $790,000 off its tax bill in 2014-2015.  During that time, Triumph moved a number of jobs from Spokane to Mexico.   The aerospace tax incentives lack accountability to ensure a minimum number of jobs are maintained in exchange for the breaks. SPEEA and the Machinists are working to change that. Other states with tax incentives have job minimums.  

Strike updates are posted on the IAM District 751 website.

Professional & Technical units
Voluntary layoff drawing interest, questions

Boeing's Voluntary Layoff (VLO) and the enhanced layoff benefits secured in the new Professional and Technical units’ contracts, continue to generate questions from members. SPEEA Contract Administrators and Council Reps have held a number of lunchtime meetings and continue to answer wide range of questions regarding the process. 

A special  Voluntary Layoff Q & A is now available to assist members in areas The Boeing Company is targeting for employee reductions and making the VLO process available.

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What happened to 'maintain and grow' Washington's workforce?

Instead of “maintaining and growing” Washington State’s aerospace workforce in 2015 in exchange for saving $305 million in state taxes, The Boeing Company cut its workforce by 961 more employees.

That brings the total jobs Boeing has cut from its Washington workforce to 5,624 since the legislature extended $8.7 billion in tax breaks to the company in November, 2013.

Boeing’s tax savings for 2015 were released Friday (April 29). This is the first year the state Department of Revenue has required Boeing and other aerospace firms to disclose the amount of money a company saves by taking advantage of the aerospace tax incentives.

Two efforts by SPEEA, IAM 751 and key legislators in recent years have brought new scrutiny in Olympia regarding corporate tax breaks. However, intense lobbying by Boeing has thwarted efforts to tie aerospace tax incentives to actually “maintaining and growing” Washington’s aerospace workforce as the legislature intended. Washington remains the only state to provide large tax breaks to Boeing and aerospace companies without a requirement to grow or even maintain employment in the state.

Boeing’s historic tax break from state even bigger than thought - The Seattle Times, May 3
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Apply for Northwest Council STEM grant

Members involved in outreach to encourage students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) may be eligible to apply for a Northwest Council STEM grant.

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

STEM education grant application – deadline Aug. 15

For more information about the program, see Northwest Policy VII: Subsection B.4.

Volunteer for STEM grant review committee

This committee meets to review the applications and make recommendations to the NW Council, which votes on the grant allocations. If you’re interested, email your name and school district to by June 15.

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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
973 S Glendale Street
Wichita, KS 67218

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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