Your 2002 Negotiation Teams
Prof Unit Team
Tony Gaudette (Cust.Serv)
Tom McCarty (Kent)
Dave Patzwald (Everett)
Alternate: Ted Nykreim (Everett)
Tech Unit Team
Chris Glenn (Everett)
Dave Landress (Kent)
Larry Marrell (Everett)
Judy Mogan (Auburn)
Alternate: Alan Rice (Everett)
Dave Huster (N-3)
Shane Michael (N-3)
Joe Newberry (N-1)
Alternates: Burt Shah (N-5)
Dave Sly (N-1)
The Northwest and
Midwest Councils recently elected negotiation teams for upcoming
contract negotiations. This month, we start introducing the
teams to members with brief biographical information on the
Puget Sound Professional Unit Negotiating Team. We will continue
the introductions with the Puget Sound Technical Unit and
Wichita Engineering Unit teams in upcoming issues of the SPOTLITE.
Professional Unit Negotiation Team
A SPEEA member since joining Boeing in 1978, this will
be Cynthia Cole's first appearance on the Negotiation Team.
She recently took a new job with Boeing and now works as a
test engineering lead in the C-32 Program, Aircraft and Missiles.
She is in charge of developing testing to demonstrate contract
compliance. Previous work includes the F-22, Joint Strike
Fighter, Flight Test Support, B-1A, B-52, B-2 and several
Born in Georgia,
Cynthia grew up in Lancaster, California near Edwards Air
Force Base. She graduated from California State Polytechnic
University with a bachelor's degree in Mathematics, and earned
her masters in Business Administration in Technology and Engineering
Management from City University. Before joining Boeing, she
worked for Rockwell International on the Space Shuttle program
in Palmdale, California.
as an Area Rep for 14 years, was a picket site co-captain
during the 40-day strike, and was elected as a Council Rep
in 2001. She also attended the Boeing/SPEEA Mid-term Meeting
and serves on the Joint Benefits Committee.
She applied for
the Negotiation Team because she "enjoys the process of
creating agreements based upon understanding the other party's
point of view." When she arrived at Boeing and learned
the engineers were represented by a union, she said: "'Sign
me up!' I was well motivated by the better compensation and
benefits package and wanted to be part of the advocacy group."
Cynthia and her
husband Richard Landon, CKD, have three grown children: Margaret,
Rosanne and Mark.
A 737 Wing Structures Service Engineer in Commercial Aviation
Services, Anthony Gaudette joined Boeing in 1989. He joined
SPEEA a short time later and became an active member during
the 40-day strike.
Born in Portland,
Oregon, Tony spent most of his youth in Chehalis, Washington.
He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor's
degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
His career at Boeing
includes time as a Lead Structural Engineer for the 777, 737NG,
767-400 and as a Structural Analysis Engineer. His current
duties include working as an AOG Engineer, providing on-site
support to Boeing AOG teams.
Tony became an
Area Rep in 2001 and decided to run for the Negotiation Team
because he has a strong desire to represent and be an advocate
for members. "We need to ensure management at all levels
understands that the future prosperity of the entire Company
will be greatly enhanced by maintaining and improving the
skills and experience of our members."
Tony and his wife
Lisa have three children: Lauren 3, Kindra 13, and Nicole,
Executive Board member Tom McCarty is probably best known
as one of the designers of the "SPEEA Stove," the environmentally-friendly
burn barrel that made life on the picket line bearable during
the 40-day strike. A Boeing engineer since 1973, Tom joined
SPEEA in 1974.
Born and raised
in Rutherford, New Jersey, Tom graduated from Monmouth University
in West Long Beach, N.J. with a bachelor's degree in Electrical
Engineering. He worked for Bell Telephone Laboratories and
Frequency Engineering Laboratories before joining Boeing,
where he has worked on 707 & 767 AWACS, IFF Antenna Engineering,
Simulator Systems, and JTIDS Demonstrator. He currently works
on antenna and communications system design in Connexions
Tom joined the
SPEEA Council in April 1998 and was a member of the 1999 Negotiation
Preparation Committee before being elected to the 1999 Prof
Unit Negotiation Team. He was elected to the SPEEA Executive
Board in 2001.
Tom wanted to return
to the bargaining table to "bring the experience of the
last negotiations and the strike back to the bargaining table.
I want the members to feel that SPEEA effectively represents
them in the workplace."
Tom and his wife
Betty have six grown children: Lori, Cheri, Shannon, Michelle,
Sean and Corey.
Returning to the Negotiation Team for a second time, Dave
Patzwald is a Flight Crew Operations Engineer in Everett.
He is a Flight Deck/Avionics Specialist supporting new airplane
configuration negotiations and sales & marketing campaigns
for the 747, 767 and 777 airplanes.
Born and raised
in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Dave graduated from Seattle
University with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.
He served in the Navy for 10 years before joining Boeing in
1974. He has been a SPEEA member since 1980. At Boeing, Dave
has worked as a Ship Systems Test Technician on the PHM Hydrofoil,
Flight Test Electronic Technician, Flight Training Simulator
Programmer, and as a Customer Engineer.
Dave has served
as a SPEEA Area Rep, Council Rep, and
was a member of the 1999 Professional Unit Negotiating Team.
He applied for
this negotiation team to "contribute to a positive outcome
for our members."
Patzwald and his
wife Emily have three grown children: Benjamin 19, Nathaniel
25, and Andrew 27.
A Boeing engineer since 1967, Ted Nykreim joined SPEEA
in 1968. He has endured two layoffs and has been an active
recruiter of new members, stating, "E pluribus unum is
better than individualism."
Born and raised
in Northern Wisconsin, Ted graduated from the University of
Wisconsin with a bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering.
He also attended the U.S. Navy Flight School in Pensacola,
Ted is a Liaison
Engineer in the 747 Body Majors. He also worked at Boeing
747 Pilot Ground School, in the Flight Deck Staff, Avionics
Design, Propulsion Design and as an Electrical and Structural
liaison. In addition to his work at Boeing he worked for Lockheed
in L1011 Pilot training and at Rockwell Collins Electronics
Ted wants to build
a stronger SPEEA union. His goals include increasing the number
of Area Reps, improving the retention rating system, and establishing
a strike fund.
He is married to
special thank you to members
Votes are counted.
And, understandably, it is disappointing to realize I will
not serve another term as your SPEEA president. As the news
soaks in, I want to thank you, the members, for a remarkable
and exhilarating 3 years.
much. A few of the achievememts are worth noting:
We won the Facilities
representation vote, bringing the benefits of union-representation
to 500 additional Boeing employees.
SPEEA members held,
and won, the Wichita WTPU representation vote bringing the
benefits of union representation to 4,200 more Boeing employees.
This effort culminated in a successful first Contract.
Conducted a successful
strike - the largest strike against a U.S. corporation in
history. Member solidarity saved our benefits and set a new
standard for success in high-tech American labor.
Just last month,
we achieved an excellent contract for members in Irving, Texas.
Membership in SPEEA
We affiliated with
the AFL-CIO as a local in the International Federation of
Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE). This affiliation
was approved by 85 percent of the voting members. We kept
our promise to do this without changing the dues formula.
its operating structure. Members overwhelmingly supported
the effort. While the new SPEEA looks similar to members in
the Puget Sound region, we are more responsive and "local"
to members in the Midwest region.
We initiated and
now support Partnership efforts at all levels of The Boeing
Our 40-day strike
won members the right to hold a vote on Agency Fee. Three-quarters
of the Techs and two-thirds of the Profs approved the measure,
deciding that requiring represented members to pay their fair
share of the costs of union representation was appropriate.
Jointly with the
IAM, we established the CLUB - Coalition of Labor Unions at
Boeing - to coordinate effectively with our represented brothers
and sisters in dealing with the Company.
We joined local
Labor Councils, allowing SPEEA members to support labor interests
in our communities, and providing access to community leaders
and elected officials.
Every SPEEA member
played a part in these accomplishments. Today, our union stands
at the top of the labor movement, ready to accomplish even
more in the years to come.
I am proud to have
participated in countless area and committee meetings, and
to have spoken at numerous rallies and special events. I answered
thousands of emails and wrote dozens of articles for our publications.
My message has been consistent - there is no limit to how
successful we can be as a Union and together as a Company.
I am proud of our
SPEEA staff and their total commitment they demonstrate every
day. I am proud to be able to treat them with respect and
provide fair, reasonable and appropriate pay, working conditions,
and benefits. We demand this behavior from The Boeing Company
for ourselves. It is with pride we can point to a working
I am proud of the
Executive Board. We worked diligently, prudently and tirelessly
through countless meetings to implement the Policy of the
Council and the Will of Members.
It has been my
honor to serve as your President during this historic time.
I cherish every moment.
Puget Sound Technical Unit
May - August
input (surveys, lunchtime meetings)
SPEEA Team drafts proposal
SPEEA & Boeing joint committee meetings
Main table talks start
Puget Sound Contracts expire
Wichita Engineering Unit contract expires
up in St. Louis
The St. Louis organizing
committee upped the stakes in March by unveiling a billboard
outside the Boeing facilities.
located prominently outside the main Boeing gate, says: St.
Louis SPEEA - a voice for us! The phrase was chosen by
the organizing committee and has already attracted considerable
"You can't miss
it as you drive in," said committee chairman Charlie Morris.
"It has definitely raised the visibility of the campaign."
The committee held
an employee meeting on March 21.
visit Boeing-Spokane plant
The continued effort
to keep Boeing Spokane open and under the "Boeing" banner,
brought Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray
to Eastern Washington in February.
Both senators toured
the plant, talked with employees and met with Boeing officials.
The visits added to the warning issued earlier by U.S. Rep.
George Nethercutt that Boeing could forget about his support
in Congress if they abandoned the Spokane plant.
While Boeing originally
said it would make a decision in the first week of February
on the future of the plant, at SPOTLITE press time in mid-March
no decision had been announced.
The Spokane plant
builds floor panels and air ducts for Boeing jetliners. Spokane
workers have been frequently lauded for their efforts to increase
efficiency and cut costs. The Spokane plant maintains a healthy
Cantwell told Spokane
employees that she would also work to "keep these jobs in
Spokane" while continuing to do everything in her power to
make sure leaders at Boeing make the "right" decision regarding
the future of the plant.
Spokesman-Review recently reported that Boeing's review
of the plant and the decision to earmark it for possible closure
was supposed to be a secret. SPEEA heard about the process
and staged a rally in support of the plant in January. That
rally attracted wide attention from political, business and
other labor leaders in Spokane and around the state. The decision
about the plant's future has since been stalled.
Murray and Cantwell
are important Boeing advocates in the U.S. Senate. Rep. Nethercutt
is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.
on the Move" forum
Advocacy Committee is sponsoring their Sixth Annual
"Women on the Move" forum:
April 25, 2002
Doubletree Hotel, Bellevue
- 112th Ave SE
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
& Q&A: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
are required. Deadline for reservations is Friday, April
19th. RSVP to Robbi at (206) 433-0995, x126, or email email@example.com.
This year's speakers
are experienced women who will share information about their
success and advise attendees how to be successful:
Director, Mission Control Systems (Unmanned Systems Org.)
Mgr, MR&D, 747 Body Structure & Tool Services
Technical Principal, 777, Environmental Control Systems
[4th speaker to
SPEEA events-mark your calendar!
Details on these
events can be found on SPEEA's web site at
2 Camping/River Rafting Trip: Methow River & Bridgeport
Sat, July 20 Annual
Golf Tournament: Riverbend Golf Complex
Sat, July 27 Annual
SPEEA Picnic: Woodland Park Shelter #3
Watch this web
site for information on discounts to Wild Waves, theater,
opera, sports, etc.
Relief" fund still accepting donations
During the strike
of 2000, SPEEA established a fund to help members who needed
assistance. In the Fall of 2001, SPEEA encouraged people to
contribute to the "SPEEA Cares Fund" in order to help laid-off
employees get paid through the holidays.
of the upcoming contract negotiations with Boeing, this SPEEA
fund is still in place, and we continue collecting donations
in preparation for future SPEEA member needs. The fund is
You can send donations
directly to the fund at:
KLCA SPEEA Fund
2800 First Ave, Room 126
Or you can make
your contribution through the Employees Community Fund (ECF)
[Reference King County Labor Agency, AFL-CIO - SPEEA Fund
ECF # 50461].
Executive Board election results
On March 13, 2002,
the SPEEA Tellers Committee met to count ballots in the annual
SPEEA Executive Board election. The results of the balloting
are shown below (winners are noted in bold).
Valid ballots cast - 5028 (26%)
|Craig A. Buckham
NOTE: The election
for Secretary was too close to call on election night. The
Tellers performed a recount on Thursday, March 14.
to Tom, Michael and Jennifer. Newly-elected board members
will take office for a two-year term on Wednesday, March 27th.
FROM MIDWEST REGION
sought to support 2002 WEU Negotiation Team
The SPEEA Midwest
Region is seeking volunteers for the Wichita Engineering Unit
(WEU) Negotiation Support Committee for the 2002 contract.
The committee's charter is to provide support for the 2002
contract negotiations related to picketing, letter writing,
membership protests and other sanctions. Primary committee
and conducting surveys.
strategy and logistics for implementing activities, maintain
appropriate confidentiality safeguards.
efforts and working with other committees as appropriate.
and training personnel required to implement activities, under
the direction of the Bargaining Unit Negotiation Team.
the membership information.
the plans at each predetermined work location, ensuring oversight,
support and safety.
a final report to cover:
(1) Logistics and
strategy items considered/rejected and why.
(2) Analysis of
logistics and strategy effectiveness.
and recruiting plans.
for future actions.
The WEU Negotiation
Support Committee is currently meeting on the first Tuesday
of each month at 6:30 PM at the SPEEA Wichita office. Volunteers
are not limited to members of the WEU Bargaining Unit; volunteers
from other SPEEA Bargaining Units are encouraged. Volunteering
for the Negotiation Support Committee is an excellent activity
for anyone who might wish to be a candidate for future Negotiation
Teams. If you are interested in volunteering to help this
committee, please call Lacey at the SPEEA Wichita office (316)
Sound teams are looking for volunteers to staff a similar
committee. To volunteer, call Robbi at (206) 433-0995 x126,
or email firstname.lastname@example.org].
Council endorses museum move
The Midwest Council
approved a motion to endorse the Kansas Aviation Museum moving
from their current facilities to a location in downtown Wichita.
Frank Chappell gave a presentation on moving the Museum from
it's present location, the former Wichita Air terminal building,
to key property overlooking the west bank of the Arkansas
River near downtown. The old steel fabrication plant at Second
Street and McLean Boulevard has ample space for the museum,
parking, outdoor display of vintage aircraft, as well as a
place to restore old planes.
There are many
reasons to move the museum. The current location would cost
$10 million to repair. Since the building has been declared
a national landmark, repair could not use up-to-date building
materials and thus heating costs would be high. The present
location is out-of-the-way and there are few signs to help
locate it. Although the move would total $18 million, putting
the museum at the old steel fabrication plant would put it
next to other prominent museums, such as the Indian Center,
Cowtown, the Art Museum, and Exploration Place. With the unused
rail next to the museum, a trolley could travel from the museum
area to the zoo.
concerns over outsourcing
and SPEEA Executive Board Member Joe Newberry was a part of
the SPEEA contingent that went to Chicago February 5th to
ask Boeing leaders about the increasing amount of manufacturing
and engineering work going overseas. Joe voiced the concern
that Boeing is currently reducing 737 tail work in Wichita
and increasing the same work sent to a factory in the Peoples'
Republic of China. In addition, Boeing is sending 737 engineering
work from Wichita to the company's Moscow Design Center in
I had the privilege
of visiting Chicago in early February. Along with other SPEEA
activists, representing various locations where SPEEA-represented
employees work, I participated in an informational picket
event outside the Boeing World Headquarters in Chicago. I'm
pleased to say the Midwest Region was well represented, with
our Irving negotiation team bringing the message to "not mess
with Texas" and the request to be treated fairly as fellow
Boeing employees during their current contract negotiations.
As the informational
issues have already been well publicized, I'd rather write
about another great aspect of the trip: despite the vast miles
between Wichita and Spokane and Irving and Seattle and Southern
California, we found that we all shared many of the same concerns
for our co-workers and hopes for the future of The Boeing
Each site is faced
with increasing job losses, including a possible plant closing
in Spokane. We shared how each of our locations is a leader
in the highly-skilled work that we perform, that our work
groups are profitable, and that we are surrounded by the best
workers in the world. I suppose that makes the job losses
even more painful, especially when workers overseas are now
performing some of our jobs. It is very understandable why
many of us are frustrated when global economics or politics
or other factors equally out of our control overcome good
We all understand
that sharing some of the work might increase sales to foreign
countries. But reports of Russian engineers barely making
enough to live on raises the suspicion that cost (i.e., cheap
labor) is the primary motive. I recently saw a web video where
General Electric's ex-CEO Jack Welch talked about the cost
of engineering labor overseas being very cheap with Indian
PhD engineers bringing up the rear. Jack made a statement
along the lines of "Why would I want engineers from Cleveland
when I can get a good quality PhD engineer in India for $12k?"
A better question might be "How much do CEO's in India
workers are not overpaid, rather most workers overseas are
not paid a living wage. It's a sad situation and we should
be sympathetic to others' low living standards, but shipping
out our jobs is not the solution. American workers will continue
to make this country great and we want our company leaders
to know that we will not let them give away our future.
I encourage you
all to continue communicating to our leaders about:
to reduce the out-sourcing of jobs
employee involvement in decision-making
* Good pay,
benefits and working conditions
and open employee/management communication
We may not always
respond well to the message we hear, but we are asking top
management to please respect us enough to tell us more of
the "Why" and let us try to reason about the best actions
for our company to follow. Allow us to work together to keep
this company as the premier Aerospace company in the world.
We can do anything we are given the opportunity to attempt.
/s/ Joe Newberry
Labor Federation minutes
Sue Ledbetter reported
on the Kansas Democratic Convention. The Kansas Democratic
Labor Committee gained recognition as an Ancillary Organization
(official caucus status). The admission of the committee gives
labor two seats on the state committee/executive committee
of the Kansas Democratic Party. This caucus will not attempt
to be the spokesperson for labor's concerns. All media and
public comments will be referred to the Kansas AFL-CIO or
other appropriate union leadership. The goals of the caucus
are to foster participation by labor union members in party
activities, support union members to run for office, encourage
local unions to engage their members in the political process,
and work to expand voter registration efforts throughout the
state. Sue wants to encourage any union members who are affiliated
with the Republican Party to establish an organization to
act in a similar position in that party.
Executive Board representatives were elected for 2002. Bob
Brewer and Earl Carter were elected to represent
SPEEA during Executive Board meetings.
The Plain Dealer,
the only pro labor newspaper available to South Central Kansas
working families, is facing a tough decision. It appears that
subscriptions will drop enough to force the closure of this
respected labor journal. The Plain Dealer has dealt with local
Labor issues. These include such concerns as the organizing
of healthcare unions in Kansas, reporting attempts by the
NLRB to impose unfair rules on the working family, and providing
a view of what the Kansas Legislators are working on that
will affect us. They also have supported community issues,
such as Celebrate Safety, a coalition to educate the public
on the dangers of random gunfire.
Boeing transfers jobs to South Africa, national airline inks
deal to buy planes from Airbus
SPEEA Communications Director
As workers from
The Boeing Company installed equipment at a soon-to-open parts
manufacturing plant in Pretoria, South Africa, the heads of
that country's largest airline were putting the finishing
touches on a deal to purchase 41 jetliners from Europe's Airbus
The deal, announced
last month, between South Africa Airlines (SAA) and Airbus
is valued at $3.5 billion. It is the most recent and perhaps
most blatant example of why Boeing's current practice of outsourcing
fails and pursuing offset agreements with foreign countries
have repeatedly said that, in today's "global environment",
sending jobs overseas helps the Company secure orders for
jetliners. SPEEA research is revealing the claim is a stretch.
says it helps bring orders; but here is a clear case where
we send over our jobs, set up a factory, train the workers,
and then Airbus gets the aircraft orders," said SPEEA
focal on outsourcing Stan Sorscher. "Boeing sent our jobs
away and Airbus becomes the exclusive supplier of aircraft."
Boeing signed the
agreement in November for the parts factory with South African
Aerosud, Ltd. The agreement says Boeing will transfer the
technology necessary to perform the work. The plant is scheduled
to open next month with an initial 100 employees.
The five-year agreement
for the parts plant was the result of a highly-touted strategic
partnership between Boeing and a department of the South African
government. The partnership was formed so Boeing could assist
in the continued growth of the South African economy and support
the development of local industry.
"It didn't work,"
Other offset agreements
continue to raise concern. By June, Boeing facilities in The
People's Republic of China will produce three times as many
vertical and horizontal stabilizers for the 737 as are produced
at its U.S. facility in Wichita. Engineering and other technical
work is being transferred from facilities in Wichita and the
Puget Sound region to the Moscow Design Center in Russia.
in China and Russia are a fraction of what they are in the
United States," said Craig Buckham, SPEEA president. "This
is an assault on American jobs. It's an assault on the people
who make Boeing and its products the best in the world."
the contract for new aircraft to Airbus, South African Airlines
asked both manufacturers to provide demonstration flights
for airline personnel. The flights were held in February.
With SAA executives on board, the 777 stalled on takeoff.
The flight was not rescheduled. The SAA executives then boarded
the Airbus A340-600 and were taken on a one-hour flight over
the skies of South Africa. On February 15, the headline in
the South African press said it all: "Boeing red faced as
plane stalls on runway."
are traveling the world looking for partners for the new Sonic
Cruiser," said Sorscher. "The new factory in South
Africa and the constant cry for shareholder value did not
take care of our product or solidify our relationship with