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Members at Triumph vote to approve contract offer
Main Table talks to negotiate a SPEEA contract with Triumph Composite Systems (shown above) started Sept. 19. SPEEA’s negotiations team members are (in black shirts, from left): Paul Zvonar, SPEEA member, Steve Spyridis, contract administrator, Paul Jones, SPEEA member, Alan Adams, SPEEA member, Tim Conley, Council Rep, and Matt Kempf, SPEEA benefits director. SPEEA Director of Strategic Development Rich Plunkett, not shown, is also involved.

SPOKANE – Members voted to approve the new four-year contract with Triumph Composite Systems (TCS) Sept. 28. The vote was 78% to accept. Members also voted to authorize a strike if necessary.

 The SPEEA Negotiation Team recommended a “yes” vote on the offer and were available to answer members’ questions along with staff subject matter experts during the voting hours at an offsite location.

Summary of the TCS offer Redline comparison to current contract
NW Council votes to endorse Washington Initiative 1433

The SPEEA Northwest Council passed a motion at its regular meeting in September to endorse Washington State Initiative 1433. The initiative will be on the November general election ballot.

In recommending passage of the motion, the Northwest Legislative and Public Affairs Committee said I-1433 will take thousands of people out of the ranks of the working poor, reduce income inequality and empower people to take care of themselves and families by guaranteeing sick leave. Visit the I-1433 website to learn more.

Emerging Leaders conference – apply by Oct. 25
For those who want to develop leadership skills while learning more about the labor movement, save the dates for the Emerging Leaders Conference Friday, Dec. 9 through Sunday, Dec. 11 in Seattle.

Apply for SPEEA sponsorship (registration provided) by Oct. 25. See below for details.

This year’s conference theme is “The Different Meanings of Solidarity: Labor Leadership at the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Community.”

The conference is organized by the Washington State Labor Education and Research Center (WA LERC) at South Seattle College and Washington Young Emerging Labor Leaders (WA YELL).

Conference logistics

  • Friday, Dec. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m.  
  • Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with awards ceremony from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • All events will be held at the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle College
  • Registration is $150 and includes all meals, snacks and a ticket to the Emerging Leaders Awards Bash (Saturday, Dec. 10)
To apply
If interested, email by Tuesday, Oct. 25, and include why you’d like to attend as well as what you hope to gain and bring back to your workplace and SPEEA. The Executive Board will review applicants. SPEEA will cover registration expenses. 
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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
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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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