October 26, 2001 Newsletter #1855
Following a regular business meeting on October 11th, Hank Queen (VP, Boeing Commercial Engineering & Product Integrity) spoke to those present at the SPEEA Council Meeting.
When introducing Mr. Queen, Charles Bofferding noted that Hank is a primary promoter of the current engagement activities taking place within Commercial Airplanes group - insisting that SPEEA-represented employees be directly involved in this process.
Hank said, in these hard times, his hope is that we can all work together in a respectful, healthful way. He shared a series of charts showing the state of the airline industry and its affect on The Boeing Company. Since we're part of a global community, activities around the world have an impact on our Company. Airlines are parking their unused airplanes. Airline traffic is down, and that plays a part in whether the airlines are buying new airplanes. It's turning out not only to be a domestic problem, but overseas traffic is also affected. There's a dramatic drop in deliveries. Many airlines are on the verge of bankruptcy.
Management decided that reduction in headcount must occur. They project as much as 30% by the end of 2002. Hank said he expects 30% of "Executives" at Boeing will also lose their Executive status. He said the Company is providing 60-Days Notice of Layoff, plus Layoff Benefits to employees targeted for layoff.
One positive could
be winning the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) contract the end of this month.
He encouraged SPEEA members to lobby for including Boeing in expanded
military spending by the federal government. He said that many product
development programs will continue, including the Sonic Cruiser program.
Hank then fielded a number of questions: Will a fund be started (like SPEEA's) for nonrepresented employees? (Boeing can't do it, but someone else could) ... Will the money appropriated by Congress for airlines speed up Boeing's recovery? (Probably not; it's mostly loan guarantees)... Can we develop a list of concessions that would help mitigate the number of layoffs? (Hank suggested "SPEEA concessions" might be an oxymoron, but he welcomed any ideas we might have) ... If we win JSF, will laid-off employees have first shot at filling available positions in Seattle and St. Louis? (Yes!) ... If you get a 60-Day Notice, are you guaranteed "out the door"? (There's an 80-90% chance, since management tried to do placement prior to issuing 60-Day notices) ... Will this presentation be shared with managers and employees? (Yes, Communications is working on putting something together, plus Hank will be sharing this pitch in all-manager meetings around the country) ... Will Boeing's lobbyists work with SPEEA to try to get legislation on increased defense spending, and mitigating the impact of layoffs on individuals? (Yes!) ... Why are some groups working excessive overtime, with no end in sight? (Hank said he'd look into that) ... Is work still being shipped outside Boeing? (Yes, if it meets Company guidelines) ... Why not allow "voluntary" layoffs? (You can volunteer, but you don't get the expanded benefits) ... Will the Company entertain infrastructure improvements that might cost money now, but save much money later? (Yes, if it can pay for itself soon enough, they'll consider it) ... Were employment projections down before September 11th, or is the Company using the terrorist acts as an excuse? (Demand for airplanes has been dropping for some time, and there's data to prove it) ... Is Boeing taking advantage of this problem as an opportunity to develop new business relating to security/safety, etc? (Yes, a team is tasked with studying and preparing proposals; but many of these ideas would take some time before they would affect cash flow) ... Any thought of executives taking a paycut? (Since much of Executives' pay is in stock, they are now taking a huge "involuntary" paycut).
New Performance Management advice available from the Ed Wells Initiative
A new presentation and an online 10-minute trainer by the Ed Wells Initiative show both employees and managers how to make better use of the Performance Management process. Learn about a process that can
The purpose of Performance Management is to enable meaningful conversations between individual employees and their supervisors about performance. These conversations are meant to create agreements that address the needs of the organization and individuals.
The presentations are called Performance Management Minutes and can be downloaded from the Initiative's web site (http://edwells.web.boeing.com/ CareerLeader/PerformanceManagement.html) for use in your crew or staff meeting. Every slide stands alone and takes just a minute to present. For more information, contact Dean Tudor at (425) 393-2613, or send an e-mail to him at Ext-Tudor, Dean P.
Or click into the online PM 10 Minute Trainer at http:/inside.boeing.com/10minute/pm/ for an overview of the process and what to pay attention to.
Performance Management is the contractually recognized performance appraisal system for SPEEA-represented employees. (Ref. Article 4 of the current SPEEA-Boeing bargaining agreements. Note, our WTPU contract has different language.)
We offer our Condolences
This week's newsletter will not carry a "Notes from the Executive Director". Charles Bofferding's mother passed away this past week and he is spending time with his family. We offer our condolences.
CPI - September 2001
The U.S. City Average all-items Consumer Price Index for urban wage earners & clerical workers (CPI-W) on a 1982-84=100 base for September 2001 is 174.8. (On a 1967=100 base, the September index is 520.6.) This is a 0.6% increase from one month ago, and a 2.6% increase from a year ago.
"Mini-Union Counselor Training Class"
The labor liaisons for our local United Ways have offered to give SPEEA leaders a "crash course" of their Union Counselor Training Class. With the imminent layoffs, any extra help we can give in the workplace will prove valuable.
The courses will cover such things as:
We have scheduled two sessions (NOTE: the North-end session is geared toward Snohomish County resources; and the South-end session is geared toward King and Pierce County resources):
We encourage SPEEA leaders to participate, but any SPEEA member who would like to serve as a "Union Counselor" during these times of layoff is also asked to attend.
TO REGISTER: Sign up and reserve your spot by calling the appropriate phone number listed above.
Two more Council Vacancies
There are two more vacant Council Districts that may be filled by interested members:
District R-4 Techs, Renton, 10-80 Building
District R-7 Profs, Renton, 10-18 & 10-20 Buildings
How to apply: If you have been a member for at least one year, reside in one of these vacant positions, and are interested in fulfilling the duties of SPEEA Council Representative for your district - please contact Terry Hall for instructions (206/433-0995, x130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org). Your petition must be received at SPEEA Headquarters NO LATER THAN NOON the day before the next Council meeting, in order to be considered valid. [The next Regional Council meeting is on November 8th.]
The Tellers will review petitions on November 7th. If qualified candidate(s) are unopposed, they will be seated on that day. If there is more than one valid petition for a vacancy, ballots will then be mailed to members in that district.
Layoff notices in Irving, Texas
SPEEA has been informed that twelve SPEEA-represented employees in Irving, Texas received their 60-Day Notice of Layoff, effective December 14, 2001. Another 13 SPEEA-represented employees, whose jobs are being cut, will be bumping back into the hourly ranks in Irving. Affected job classifications include: requirements coordinators, inventory coordinators, parts supply coordinators, planners, support coordinators, document control, QA technologist, engineering technologists and drafters.
In Memoriam - Paul Palotas
SPEEA member Paul Palotas, 59, died October 12th, following a short battle with cancer. Paul was born in Hungary and survived World War II as a child with his family. He grew up in Australia and worked for Quantas prior to coming to Boeing, where he worked for nearly 27 years. SPEEA Board member Jerry Robinson remembers Paul as a feisty member who joined SPEEA three years ago after much reluctance. He grew to believe that SPEEA could make a difference at the bargaining table. Most recently, Paul worked in Renton's 10-16 building. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and coworkers.
A Tribute to the Victims of September 11th
By Jerry Robinson, SPEEA Secretary
I was on business travel to the United Kingdom when I heard the news about two Boeing airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center and another into the Pentagon. I and another SPEEA member, who was present with me, John Towler, could not believe these words until we saw the television footage about one hour after the events. We were both stunned. My family and I had just visited both of these places back in July so these events took on an extra meaning to us. I visited both locations during the week of September 24th while still on business travel. I talked with police officers and reservists at these locations. They were all interested in how Europe reacted to what had happened. I shared with them that many Europeans identify with us because of their own experiences of war and terrorism. I certainly saw this in England. There were no public garbage cans due to past bombings by terrorists. I saw armed military guards at each security station in German Airports. Extra security precautions were taken after the events on September 11th. I commend the efforts of the NYPD and Reservists which I witnessed.
I want to express my condolences to those at The Boeing Company who lost family members in any of these tragedies. I also want to thank the British Royal Family and Government for the expressions of sympathy that I witnessed at the US Embassy and at the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace where our National Anthem was sung. I agree with our President, that this is a war against Terrorism and not against an ethnic people or religion. I am proud of the contributions that I have seen made to the SPEEA organization and The Boeing Company by members from the Islamic community in our midst. So I ask that we do not direct our anger against any of them, but that all of us support our government's efforts to keep travel in our country inaccessible to terrorists.
Finally, I would like to recommend to the readers to visit the following web page, which gives tribute to the victims of September 11th . The website is:
It is a song with photographs and text produced by Artists from the United Kingdom. I was deeply moved and inspired after I visited it.
God Bless America!
DAWN worker speaks with SPEEA's Women's Advocacy Committee
SPEEA's Women's Advocacy Committee was pleased to welcome Danielle from DAWN to our October 15th meeting in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Abuse Women's Network is the only community-based agency in South King County, WA dedicated to offering comprehensive, free services for women and children experiencing domestic violence. While they primarily serve South King County, they often work with clients from other areas because they have no local domestic violence resources or because it is not safe to stay near their homes. DAWN offers a crisis hotline, a resource network, and shelters for victims of domestic abuse.
Do you think that domestic abuse is not your problem? Think again. It is estimated that one woman in four will be a victim of domestic abuse during her lifetime. Men are also victims, although not as frequently. Expect that you will know someone who has been or will be a victim of abuse. Read on.
While some domestic abuse comes in the form of physical violence, many other forms are common - verbal, emotional, financial, and more. All share the trait of one human attempting to control another.
According to the Domestic Abuse Women's Network (DAWN), "Domestic violence results in death, serious injury, isolation, emotional damage, chronic medical issues, and poverty for victims. Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women, and the leading cause of women's visits to hospital emergency rooms. Nationally, half of all homeless women and children are fleeing domestic violence."
Victims can be anyone. Domestic violence happens to people of all races, religions, income levels, sexual preference, marital status, or age.
Abusers often have good qualities along with their violent tendencies. Often they are charming and charismatic.
Seattle police note increased reports of domestic violence since the September 11th terrorist attack and the layoff announcements that followed. You can help reverse this trend and reduce domestic violence in general. Educate yourself and others about domestic violence, know what services are available, and lend your support to organizations with your time, money, ordonated goods. You can help a friend, neighbor, family member, or co-worker experiencing domestic violence by listening to and believing them. Do not blame victims or judge their actions; let them know about available resources and encourage them to make their own decisions. According to DAWN, regaining a sense of control is a critical step in moving away from a violent relationship.
More information is available from DAWN at www.dawnonline.org or (425) 656-4305. If you or someone you know is in need of immediate assistance, please call the crisis line at (425) 656-7867.
The National Coalition
Against Domestic Violence operates the National Domestic Violence Hotline:
Layoff Benefits do NOT count against unemployment compensation
The letter below indicates that your severance benefits, whether taken as continuation income or lump sum, will not be deducted from unemployment insurance benefits.
Member Benefit: Free AD&D coverage
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In addition, AIL provides a discount card that gives the members discounts in Vision, Hearing, Chiropractic and Pharmacy.
Did You Know?
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MIDWEST REGION NEWS
CLUW Convention Report
Linda Newell was the Midwest Region SPEEA delegate at the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) 11th Bi-annual Convention, October 4-7, 2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada. There were 775 in attendance of which there were 511 delegates at large, 100 alternates and 164 Chapter Delegates in attendance.
The conference was conducted by the president, Ms. Gloria Johnson. The Convention title for this year was "Designing Our Own Future." It reflects the critical need for CLUW to maintain its strong voice for working women and families as the workplace and the world evolve through the changing role of women in today's global economy.
The World Trade Center tragedy was discussed. Over 400 union members were lost in those buildings. Several members attending the convention had witnessed the planes flying into the WTC. Some went to the microphone and told of their loved ones who perished.
In the year 2000, 65.6 million women were in the labor force. In that same year, professional women earned about 26% less than their male counterparts did. Where minorities and women workers make up a large percentage of the workforce, it is important that we demonstrate that a "women's place is in her union" and demonstrate to the younger group of women the "union advantage."
WTPU Benefits Enrollment in November
All employees represented by the WTPU (Wichita Technical & Professional Unit) - SPEEA member and non-member alike - must enroll in all Medical, Dental, and Insurance plans during the November sign-up period. Failure to enroll may result in denial of these benefits after January 1, 2002.
Additionally, employees who do not select the optional supplemental life and disability insurances during this initial signup period may be required to demonstrate evidence of insurability when selecting the insurance benefit during future enrollment periods.
Boeing will be providing detailed instructions to enroll by telephone or through a website. Regardless of the method you choose, you will need to provide your Health and Welfare Personal Identification Number. If you do not know your PIN, contact the Health and Welfare Plan service center at 1-888-747-2016 and a new PIN will be mailed to your Boeing address of record. (Do not wait until the last minute to request a PIN or you may be without health and insurance benefits next year.)
Member can still use help
In our June 8th newsletter, we published an article about SPEEA member Maureen Holcomb whose medical conditions caused her to take tremendous amounts of medical leave without pay. She is now back in the hospital. She is a single mom of a 17-year-old daughter. The bills have piled up, and the daughter may not be able to afford college. Maureen could still use your prayers and encouragement (c/o Steven's Memorial Hospital, 21601 - 76th Ave W, Edmonds, WA 98026). And a benevolent account at Washington Mutual is still open for those who wish to contribute:
Support for those who receive notices - and those who don't
Family Care Resources is offering information designed to help you and your families deal with uncertain times caused by employment reductions.
One group of articles is for people experiencing a layoff. Managing Between Jobs provides advice on how to discuss a job layoff with your family, set spending priorities and accept the many feelings that a job loss can trigger.
A second group of articles, Still At Work After the Layoff, offers advice for those who don't lose their job but who lose their perception of a secure, predictable, benevolent work environment.
Family Care Resources and Boeing's vendor, Working Solutions provide free resources, referrals and educational materials to help Boeing employees and their families meet the demands of life and work. To receive your free packet of information, visit the website http://www.todayslife.com and enter PIN number 5041. On the left hand side of the home page are links to the two groups of articles. To talk with a Working Solutions counselor, call 1-800-358-8515.
Support Laid-Off members - buy an Entertainment Book through SPEEA
Again this year, SPEEA is selling coupon books, with proceeds going into SPEEA's Christmas Fund account. With this fund, we purchase Christmas presents for children of laid-off SPEEA members or other needy families. You can help by buying your entertainment books through SPEEA. Books are now available in both the Tukwila and Everett SPEEA offices, at the same prices as last year.
South Puget Sound $35
North Puget Sound $30
Gold C $10
You can either pick up your book at one of SPEEA's offices for the price shown, or send in the coupon with postage payment and we'll mail your book(s) to you. For out-of-state books, try ordering on-line.
ORDER ON-LINE: You can also purchase Entertainment Books (from any city) over the web. If you do order on-line, we encourage you to use SPEEA'S ACCOUNT #130805, so that credit for the sale goes to SPEEA's Christmas Fund Account. To order, log onto http://www.entertainment.com and be sure to use our account number.
FREE SHIPPING 'SPECIAL': Entertainment is offering "free shipping" for orders of two or more books "ON LINE" - now through November 25th. Again, don't forget to use our account number!
Q. What is the current situation regarding state and federal training money for laid off SPEEA-represented employees?
A. Many funding sources are uncertain as to whether there will be enough resources to meet the present need. We are currently working with our elected officials at the federal and state levels to encourage the sponsorship of legislation to provide funding for retraining. Recently our federal legislators tried to attach this kind of funding to some legislation and were unsuccessful in that attempt. However, we are hopeful that Congress and/or the State of Washington will be able to secure those funds in the near future.
Q: Who do I contact to see if these resources are currently available?
1) Most community colleges have Worker Retraining Offices that provide some funding for training and expenses. Contact the Community College that you're interested in attending for more specific information.
2) Trade Adjustment Assistance - Check these sites for more information about eligibility for funding under the current Trade Act Determination.
3) WorkSource - Contact them to find out about training funds for demand occupations.
Q. Where can I go for general information about retraining and/or help with my job search?
A. Check these websites:
Q. Is there anything I can do to help in the effort to obtain training funds?
The following link will enable you to get the contact info necessary to contact your state and federal legislators.
Career Transition Centers open in Puget Sound locations
Three Boeing Career Transition Centers are now open in the Puget Sound region to help those employees who received a 60-day notice of possible layoff.
The centers, located in Auburn, Renton and Everett, Wash., will be open 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday hours will be 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
If you haven't applied for a new job in years and you face a need to do so now, these centers can provide a door to your future. They've helped many employees discover that losing one job is the first step in finding another.
Employees who visit the centers will be able to sign up for individual career consultations and job search workshops. The workshops will help people take the following steps:
In addition, the centers offer workstations with a computer and telephone that employees can use in their effort to find a new job.The centers also provide FAX capabilities.
Employees with 60-day notices will have first priority at the centers.
The centers are at the following locations:
Robin Ryan Seminars
Everything you need to know to find your next job
SPEEA's Executive Board has agreed to fund another series of Robin Ryan seminars for the many SPEEA employees who may be forced to find other employment in the coming months. These will fill fast, so sign up today!
Robin Ryan is America's leading career coach and best-selling author. She is one of the nation's foremost authorities on what it takes to get a job in today's market. Don't miss this opportunity to hear her as she discusses proven job search strategies that will aid you to move on to a better job.
85% of all jobs are never advertised! You'll hear the results of her employer survey and learn EXACTLY what employers want on your resume and cover letter. She'll share her proven interview techniques and the formula for successful salary negotiations. Attend one or both parts:
PART 1 - Covers Job Search Strategies, the Hidden Job Market, Resume & Cover Letters, plus an Action Plan for You
PART 2 - Covers Interviewing & Salary Negotiations
HOW TO REGISTER - Space is available, first-come, first-serve - at NO CHARGE to SPEEA members. To register, call the number listed above. Check-in begins one hour prior to each session.
Robin has appeared on over 600 TV and radio programs, and has been featured in many widely-known magazines. A popular national speaker, she has taught over 1200 seminars and keynote programs. She is also a best selling author.
Robin Ryan's books (60 Seconds & You're Hired! ... 24 Hours to Your Next Job, Raise or Promotion ... Winning Resumes ... and Winning Cover Letters) are available to SPEEA members at a discount. Call our office for details. You can also check out Robin's web site at http://www.robinryan.com