At 9 a.m. on February 9th, thousands of SPEEA represented employees will glance at the clock and remember. Whether leaders at The Boeing Company admit it or not, they too will note the tick of the clock.
The moment marks the one-year anniversary of the point in time when SPEEA "walked the talk."
Few people, including Union leaders and members, had any idea of what lay ahead of that moment. The most optimistic of leaders hoped 90 percent of the dues paying union members would walk off the job, or about 9,000 workers. By the end of the day, estimates placed the number of striking Boeing engineers and technical workers at 19,000.
SPEEA the Union, its leaders and members, instantly changed.
Forty days later The Boeing Company came to the same realization.
Along the way, the AFL-CIO, and labor unions around the country, realized white-collar labor had changed.
The strike is behind us. But, the memory remains. Memories of hardship and sacrifice will not easily be forgotten. Other memories are good. A better contract resulted. Friendships were forged. Everyone gained respect, from others and for themselves.
Never again can anyone say SPEEA members do not have what it takes. SPEEA members showed what they are made of by waging the largest white-collar strike in history against a corporation in the United States during the winter of 2000. It was a strike few people expected. Even fewer people expected SPEEA members to win.
The members of SPEEA knew. They won the strike. And, they are not likely to forget.
Wichita SCJ starts work on first contract
WICHITA-SPEEA's newest bargaining unit is now gearing up for negotiations with the Company to secure its first contract.
Negotiation Team members have been busy for the past month compiling results from the Fall membership survey and translating the results into a negotiations strategy. Various committees have also drafted sections of the contract in preparation for the SPEEA proposal.
Members will get a chance to hear the proposal at an all-member meeting on Thursday, February 8th. The meeting is tentatively set for 5 to 7 p.m.
Members are reminded that the success of these negotiations will in part be determined by the strength and solidarity of our membership. Everyone can help by signing up a new member! Recruit the people in your work area. And please, show your SPEEA colors by posting a visibility desk tent at your workstation.
All member meeting
Proposal submitted to Company
Face-to-face negotiations start
As weeks go, the first week of February 2000 was rough.
Our Negotiation Teams believed nothing more could be gained by talking with the Company. The "second offer" was on the table. The indications pointed toward rejection.
Meanwhile, our polling indicated growing support for a strike. However, a majority of members were still unwilling to strike for "as long as it takes." Our AFL/CIO advisors said, "You're not ready to strike!"
It was clearly time for a miracle to happen.
It wasn't a miracle, but rather our connections through the International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE) whose leadership arranged for Richard Barnes (Director of the FMCS, our nation's top federal mediator) to fly to Seattle to facilitate a settlement. We made this very visible in our publications and in the local media. We were serious about taking one last shot at working out a solution.
The role of a mediator is to work for "the deal," rather than to take sides. In our case, the mediator did an excellent job of pressing us to carefully examine our needs. He artfully induced us to pare our proposal down to only the absolute necessities demanded by our members. When, at the end, he walked into our meeting room and said; "Sometimes a strike just has to happen," we had the comfort of knowing we had given it our best effort.
A strike by SPEEA-represented employees was not our first option. It was not our second option. But, by the time we called for members in the two Puget Sound bargaining units to walk off the job at 9 a.m. on February 9th, 2000, we realized it was our only option.
SPEEA logo gets facelift
Based on input from members, the Union's institutional logo was recently modified. The new, revised logo is more readable while still maintaining the distinctive elements of the previous version.
The new logo is being integrated into SPEEA documents and visibility material.
As you may know, SPEEA and the Company agreed (in a Letter of Understanding) last Fall to postpone the regular retention exercise until after the Salaried Job Classification (SJC) conversion was complete. The LOU provided that the exercise would be completed by the end of April 2001.
The Company will begin the retention review process for Puget-Sound-based SPEEA Professional and Technical Units in early March 2001. The official "groupings" will be determined based on data effective March 9th.
Employee notices will be distributed beginning April 24, 2001. And the effective date of new retentions will be April 30, 2001.
40 days of SPEEA - Part I
Wed, Feb. 9
The largest strike by white-collar workers in history starts at 9 a.m. when more than 19,000 engineers and technical workers at Boeing facilities in Washington, Oregon, California, Utah and Florida walk off the job. Members of the IAM applaud in support as the workers walk out. More than 10,000 strikers in Washington State assemble at Renton Memorial Stadium for a kickoff rally. Union leaders from around the region join SPEEA in their call for "respect" from Boeing leaders. Executive Director Charles Bofferding tells The Seattle Times "We will stun the Company with our strike. We will stun the Company with our strength." Nearly 5,000 non-dues paying employees who are represented by SPEEA join Union members in the walkout.
Thurs, Feb. 10
SPEEA strikers weather their first full-day on the picket line. Union leaders adjust sites after realizing no pickets were scheduled for Boeing's corporate headquarters. Bob Gorman, Washington State director of the AFL-CIO said other unions would honor the picket lines. UPS refuses to deliver packages across SPEEA lines. The price of Boeing stock on the New York Stock Exchange falls $2 a share in reaction to the strike. SPEEA member Tom McCarty starts work on the first "environmentally friendly" burn barrel.
Fri, Feb. 11
Boeing officials say the strike will have no affect on the Company's ability to deliver or service airplanes. Meanwhile, a Quantas Airlines 747 sits on the runway in Bangkok as SPEEA members on the service team return home. The Federal Aviation Administration temporally suspends Boeing's ability to certify aircraft. Democratic presidential candidate Bill Bradley stops at the picket site outside Boeing Corporate headquarters.
Sat, Feb. 12
Six members of SPEEA at Cape Canaveral in Florida settle into a schedule of picketing the Cape's main gate for shift changes.
Sun, Feb. 13
Atlas Airlines confirms that Boeing has missed delivery of a $177 million 747-cargo airplane. While Boeing denies the delay, a spokesperson for the airline tells the Associated Press "It's because of the strike." In Everett, about 1,000 striking workers gather under clear skies for an afternoon rally.
Mon, Feb. 14
The Boeing Company admits that the process for delivering airplanes has "slowed." The FAA confirms that Boeing is seeking to hire replacement engineers to help certify aircraft for delivery. Boeing stock continues to slide, losing another $1.68 in value. In honor of Valentines Day, SPEEA members bring spouses to the picket lines as part of "Bring your Sweetheart to the line."
Tues, Feb. 15
Boeing CEO Phil Condit holds an afternoon press conference to say the Company is willing to weather a long strike. He says employees are losing $3.4 million a day in lost wages. Harry Stonecipher is quoted in the press as saying "I've been demonized." The Company admits it is now six airplanes behind in deliveries. At an impromptu rally outside the press conference, SPEEA announces publicly it wants a vote on Agency Fee.
Wed, Feb. 16
The ongoing strike forces Boeing to delay a scheduled test of its F-22 fighter. A determined striker near Palmdale in Southern California spends the day picketing the remote North Gate of Edwards Air Force Base. U.S. Senator Slade Gorton says, "I really believe it's time for Boeing management to reopen the talks."
Thurs, Feb. 17
Boeing says it may be willing to adjust its contract offer but quickly adds that there is no more money. Striking employees receive their last paycheck. Boeing runs full-page advertisements in newspapers throughout the Puget Sound region. Boeing executives defend the Company's offer on local radio talk shows. SPEEA picketers are quoted in the media saying they will stay out "as long as it takes."
Fri, Feb. 18
Boeing claims a victory by delivering its first airplane since the strike started. SPEEA workers confirm the airplane as the Atlas Airline freighter, which they say, was simply towed across the field in Everett to another hanger. The underground website - SPEEA.com - gains popularity. Strikers in Gresham, Oregon are paid a visit and get support from local union members.
Sat, Feb. 19
Richard Barnes, the nation's top mediator, announces that he will return to Seattle next week and attempt to bring the Company and SPEEA back to the bargaining table.
Sun, Feb. 20
Hundreds of striking SPEEA members and families gather at the Tukwila Community Center for a pancake breakfast. Boeing CEO Phil Condit, attending a meeting in Chicago earlier this week, says the Company is willing to move some things around but that "we're not going to look at big changes in the package."
Mon, Feb. 21
The Company has now missed delivery of more than one dozen aircraft. Donations to the SPEEA hardship fund approach $100,000 as money begins to be issued to needy strikers and their families. Most of the money is from small donations of $5 to $20.
Tues, Feb. 22
More than 2,500 SPEEA members and representatives from other unions march from the IAM offices to Boeing headquarters. The Teamsters organizing truck blasts corporate offices with music as Company security guards film the event from the roof of Boeing headquarters.
Wed, Feb. 23
Boeing and SPEEA prepare for a new round of negotiations with the nation's top mediator, Richard Barnes. Talks resume tomorrow at the Doubletree Hotel in Seattle. IFPTE President Paul Almeida tells strikers the whole labor movement is watching them. "Stay strong," he says. "We are going to win."
Thurs, Feb. 24
Richard Barnes calls for a news blackout as he opens a new round of negotiations between Boeing and SPEEA at the Doubletree Hotel. The two sides meet face-to-face for less than 30 minutes to hear instructions from Barnes.
Fri, Feb. 25
Richard Barnes continues shuttling between Company and SPEEA negotiators. No progress is reported as Boeing negotiators refuse to meet with the SPEEA Negotiation Team.
Sat, Feb. 26
Late in the afternoon Boeing presents an "adjusted" offer to SPEEA negotiators. Disregarding the news blackout order, Boeing spokespeople talk to the media. SPEEA counters the Boeing proposal. At 11 p.m., Boeing negotiators declare talks finished. Talks end with no Boeing proposal on the table.
Sun, Feb. 27
Presidential Candidate Al Gore, along with Washington Senator Patty Murray, visits the picket line in front of Boeing Corporate headquarters. SPEEA workers say collapse in weekend talks was expected.
Mon, Feb. 28
SPEEA workers blast Boeing negotiators in the press by calling the Company's latest effort a "shell game." The Seattle Times quotes an Everett engineer saying "I don't think it's about economics anymore. They are trying to do anything to break our union."
Tues, Feb. 29
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney visits the picket line in Renton. Sweeney marvels at the environmentally friendly burn barrel, stating, "I've never seen anything like this."
Wed, March 1
Boeing declares the strike at impasse. SPEEA gains national media time by holding a noon press conference before 1,000 strikers at the Southcenter theatre. SPEEA also counters by filing more unfair labor charges. Prime among them is one charging that an impasse cannot be declared because the Company neglected to leave an offer on the table.
Thurs, March 2
Company tells media they will start imposing contract now that impasse has been reached. SPEEA calls the move a "temper tantrum" that has no bearing on the strike. Workers remain resolved to continue strike. Boeing announces it has started developing a new version of the 777.
Fri, March 3
Boeing announces it delivered 15 of 42 scheduled airplanes in February. SPEEA disputes the figure. Stock analysts trim their expectations for Boeing.
Sat, March 4
Four SPEEA represented workers at Cape Canaveral in Florida walk out and join the strike after Boeing managers tell them to perform fill-in work on a Titan 4 launch. The engineers said the work was out of their expertise. The move means that 100% of the Boeing electrical engineers in Florida are now on strike.
Sun, March 5
Day 26 of the strike... SPEEA represented employees start actively and visibly looking for new jobs. The Seattle P-I runs a front-page story about one worker who left the picket line, and Boeing, for a job at Microsoft. "When they declared impasse, I started working on my resume," one striker tells the media.
Watch for Part II in the March 2001 SPEEA SPOTLITE.
Feb. 9th, 2001 Anniversary Activities
Members are asked to come to selected gates during their lunch period on Feb. 9th to sign commemorative SPEEA burn barrels. Those who attend will be given an anniversary sticker they can wear on their badge for 40 days.
Everett will host a barbecue in front of the Twin Towers from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and an Open House at the Everett SPEEA office from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Everett members are also holding a Food Drive. Drop off you donation at either Everett event!
Burn Barrel signing and events are planned for lunch periods at the following locations:
Necessity created environmentally-friendly burn barrel
The call from the State Environmental Protection Agency was a call no one expected. It came early Friday, Feb. 11, on Day 3 of the SPEEA strike.
A state official explained that the open burn barrels being used to keep striking SPEEA picketers warm violated state laws. The barrels had to be shut down and removed within 72 hours.
Shivers went through SPEEA Headquarters. A few people speculated that, without burn barrels to keep picketers warm, the strike could come to a disastrous end.
SPEEA staff member Maria Nelson asked the EPA for burn barrel regulations. Shortly after receiving them, she handed them to Tom McCarty, a member of the Professional Negotiation Team. McCarty, an engineer, had already been distributing burn barrels to sites in King and Pierce counties.
"I read through the requirements and one line at the end caught my eye," McCarty recalled. "It said completely enclosed wood stoves are acceptable and they can be home constructed."
McCarty spent the next day in the shop at his Maple Valley home tinkering with the design of an enclosed burn barrel. He adjusted the lid and the placement of air holes. By the end of the day McCarty had constructed a two-tiered burn barrel that included a three-foot smoke stack.
The completed burn barrel met all the requirements outlined by the EPA.
"That one went to Kent," McCarty recalled. "Only a couple of the double barrels were made before I decided they took too long and required too many materials."
Kent engineer Morris Adams joined the effort and together he and McCarty produced the single burn barrel. The first single went to the Renton Airport. It would become the master model used by many others to construct their own version of the environmentally-friendly burn barrel.
McCarty and Adams would eventually build and deliver 26 environmentally-friendly burn barrels. Other SPEEA members built many more. By the end of the strike, the pair could produce a new barrel in about 20 minutes. Total cost of supplies was $18.
"The originals didn't have the ash door on the bottom," McCarty said. "That was a modification added by someone else."
The significance of the environmentally friendly burn barrel hit McCarty one day on the picket line.
"Out on the line, late at night, in the rain or in the cold, a good burn barrel is really a necessity," McCarty said. "It provides a place to gather and get warm. The burn barrel becomes the social centerpiece of the picket site. I don't know if it saved the strike, but it sure made life on the line easier."
Tom McCarty was recently elected by the SPEEA Council to fill the unexpired term on the Executive Board created by the retirement of Linda Gilmore.
Dues recalculated for 2001
Members should have noticed a slight increase in SPEEA dues with their second paycheck in January.
Dues are based on 0.85 percent of the average hourly wage in the bargaining units. The dues figure is recalculated each January 5th. Dues for members in 2001 are $24.14. Nonmembers in the Puget Sound bargaining units will pay the same amount, as an Agency Fee.
On January 5, the average salary for the 24,498 employees represented by SPEEA was $28.40 per hour. The combined annual salary was $1,447,025,807. The average salary includes members of the newly organized Wichita SJC bargaining unit.
Monthly Union Dues Comparison
Commemorative Strike Pins available
Show the world you walked the line by wearing a SPEEA 40-day strike pin!
Pins are available at the Tukwila and Everett offices to those who spent 40 days on our picket line. Cost for a pin is just $1.
Pins can also be ordered through your local Council Rep.
Don't be left out. Get your SPEEA 40-day strike pin today!
CASH PAYMENT OPTIONS for employees with excess vacation credits
In April 2000, the vacation plan for SPEEA-represented employees was changed to the "accrual plan" similar to the one previously implemented for nonrepresented employees.
Beginning April 6, 2001--following the one-year transition period--this "accrual plan" will begin limiting the number of hours of vacation credits that employees can accrue in their vacation accounts. That limit (maximum hours allowed) corresponds to an employee's completed years of service, and increases over time, as indicated in the table.
After April 6, 2001, no new vacation credits can be accrued until the hours of credits drops under the allowable maximum; accrual of vacation credits will then resume until the limit is again reached.
Request for Cash Payment
To help employees with excess vacation credits reduce their unused vacation balance below the allowable maximum, you have the opportunity to request cash payment. This will benefit employees who are unable to take enough vacation because of work commitments, or those who may want to take a vacation and have extra cash as well.
Requests for pay-in-lieu of vacation hours in excess of the two-year maximum must be
Payment will be made within four weeks from receipt of the form in Payroll. Payments will be subject to federal withholding tax, as well as applicable FICA, state and local taxes.
You can request the form [Form DO 6000 5940] at a pay window or local payroll office.
NOTE: If an employee does not request payment for excess hours, but shows excess hours in their account on April 6, 2001, payment for those excess hours will be distributed automatically to such employees on their April 26th paychecks.
NOTE: After April 6, employees must monitor their own vacation accounts to assure that they do NOT exceed the maximum hours allowed, as that would cause their accrual to cease until they drop back under the allowable amount.
A vacation calculator link is on the SPEEA web site (www.speea.org) under "hot issues" and also under "links" to the Boeing web site.
RULES FOR CLASSIFIED ADS
Classified Advertising is provided free-of-charge to SPEEA members. The editor has full and final authority to make decisions concerning publication of each ad. SPEEA is not responsible for the authenticity or validity of ads or the quality of merchandise advertised in the SPOTLITE.
Ads are limited to 25 words or less, must be received by the 10th of the previous month and receive priority on a "first-come, first-serve" basis. To submit an ad, include your name, address, home and work phone numbers, and your clock number. Ads are published once and must be resubmitted for each subsequent monthly publication. No more than two ads per member can be accepted each month. Submit your completed ad by:
is also available on Boeing's internal web at http://classifieds.web.boeing.com
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