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SPEEA schedule
Boeing Open Enrollment lunchtime meetings

If you’re in a SPEEA-Boeing bargaining unit, plan to attend a lunchtime meeting near you to learn more about SPEEA contract benefit changes to prepare for open enrollment.

Click here for the location schedule.

Boeing’s open enrollment runs from Nov. 7-28. This is the only time of the year you can make routine changes to your health care coverage. If you opt for a different plan, changes take effect Jan. 1.

Schedule request
If you’re a Council Rep who has not scheduled a meeting, check to see if nearby districts have a meeting scheduled (with enough space to accommodate members from your area). Council Reps who need to schedule a meeting can email Michelle Stanley at

Message from IFPTE
IFPTE Local 20/21 members affected by wildfires

Members of Engineers and Scientists of California (ESC)/IFPTE Local 20 and IFPTE Local 21 have been impacted by the deadly wildfires burning throughout northern California.

In response to this catastrophe, IFPTE Local 20 created the ESC 20 North Bay Fire Relief Fund to help our sisters and brothers living in the North Bay area who have been horrifically impacted by the wildfires.    

This member-to-member donation fund will first focus on the IFPTE Local 20 union families who have lost their homes. The Local already knows several members facing this kind of devastation. IFPTE members are also encouraged to visit IFPTE Local 20's North Bay Wildfire Relief page to stay updated on the Local's various relief efforts.

Please donate to the ESC Local 20 North Bay Fire Relief Fund.  Any amount is appreciated.  *Please note that these donations are personal gifts and are not tax-deductible contributions to a registered charity.

IFPTE Local 21 has a small number of members and a Local staffer who live in the affected cities. Fortunately, their members' homes have sustained minimal impact from the wildfires. They will continue to monitor the situation and will keep us updated.
Any IFPTE Locals with members living in the areas affected by the wildfires are urged to contact the Federation office.  Our hearts go out to those who have been affected by this tragedy.

In solidarity,

Member report from the frontline
"Quite a sobering day in Napa. Worked the Atlas Peak area. Saw 300-400 destroyed homes. Mostly huge custom homes. They were either unscathed or completely gone. No in between. Some houses that remained were surrounded by destroyed homes only yards away. Many homes had two to three melted cars in garage and driveways which makes you wonder if they got out... Some of the fires are converging and they’re now evacuating Calistoga.”

Joel Foster, Associate Distribution Engineer
at Pacific Gas and Electric Company 
ESC/IFPTE Local 20 Secretary-Treasurer


“This photo is where they gave up on the garden hoses. So sad.” (Joel Foster, IFPTE Local 20 Secretary-Treasurer)

Puget Sound
Halloween fun for members’ families

Fall Fest Pumpkin Decorating
The Northwest Membership Activities Committee (MAC) is hosting a free
pumpkin decorating event at the Puget Sound SPEEA halls.

Fall Fest Pumpkin Decorating
Saturday, Oct. 28 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Drop by either SPEEA Everett or SPEEA Tukwila

SPEEA will provide the pumpkins (one per child while supplies last) and art supplies (no carving).

Children are welcome to wear costumes. To make sure we have enough pumpkins - email to sign up.


Volunteer for STEM-related activities at Children’s Museum Oct. 31

The Children’s Museum in Seattle is looking for volunteers to help with a Halloween event Oct. 31, from 4 to 8 p.m.

Volunteers are encouraged to wear their work clothes/uniforms to interact with the youth at the ‘Creep Crawler Career Day’ booths and the hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and cultural activities.

The museum admission is only $5 (normally $11.50 per adult) - free to Children’s Museum members. See more at

First place Labor Media Awards
Spotlite wins for General Excellence among labor publications

The monthly Spotlite magazine, written and designed by SPEEA Communications, is this year’s First Place winner for General Excellence in the 2017 Labor Media Awards.

Presented by the International Labor Communicators Association (ILCA), Spotlite won among labor unions with 10,000 to 30,000 members.

Officially presented during the ILCA’s awards luncheon and convention Oct. 20 in St. Louis, the award names Publications Editor Karen McLean, Graphic Designer Lori Dupuis, Communications Support Amber Musselman and Communications Director Bill Dugovich.

 “I'm proud of the fine work SPEEA staff do on a daily basis,” said Ray Goforth, SPEEA Executive Director. “It's wonderful when those efforts are recognized outside our membership.”

The annual ILCA competition receives hundreds of entries from throughout the United States and Canada. The General Excellence category requires unions to submit two issues of the same publication. The issues must be sequential.

 “This is a very special award because it comes from our fellow labor communicators and recognizes the work of everyone who has a hand in producing Spotlite magazine,” said Dugovich.

In past years SPEEA Communications received awards for Best Series and for stories on Labor History.

SPEEA mails Spotlite magazine each month to the homes of all SPEEA-represented employees. Members can also access the magazine by downloading the Spotlite app. The app is available for smart by visiting on your mobile device. Links for downloading are at the top of the mobile site home page.



Hurricane Harvey has tragically devastated southeast Texas, and our hearts go out to the victims of this horrific event.  As we continue to extend our thoughts and prayers to those affected, IFPTE humbly asks you to consider making a financial donation to the Texas AFL-CIO Workers Relief Fund.

While there is great need to assist the citizens of Houston and the surrounding jurisdictions, IFPTE stands in solidarity with the Texas AFL-CIO to support union workers affected by this calamity.  

As you give, we ask that you consider directing some of your giving to the Texas AFL-CIO Workers Relief Fund to assist our union brothers and sisters during their time of need. The Texas Workers Relief Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable fund overseen by the Texas AFL-CIO that will provide direct help to union families in need who have been impacted by the storm.  

Please help if you can.  Go to  Any amount would be appreciated.

Eligibility extended two years
Trade Act Assistance available for laid-off Boeing workers

Workers laid-off by The Boeing Company in Washington state through August 9, 2019, are eligible to apply for training, income support, and other benefits through the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program (TAA or "Trade Act").

The eligibility dates were recently extended an additional two years as a result of a petition to the U.S. Labor Department by the International Association of Machinists (IAM), District Lodge 751 in partnership with SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001. 

Laid-off workers will receive a letter detailing the benefits steps to apply for assistance.

Since Washington state extended the aerospace tax preferences (tax breaks) in November, 2013 to Boeing and the aerospace industry with the agreed intent to “maintain and grow Washington’s aerospace workforce” more than 3,500 SPEEA-represented employees have been laid off by the company. The most recent figures from July show that overall Boeing has shed 15,828 jobs from its Washington state workforce since the tax breaks were extended.

Additional information to help members facing layoff is available on the following SPEEA web pages:

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
4621 E. 47th St. South
Wichita, KS 67210

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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