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Posted 4/15/2024
SPEEA supports Boeing firefighters fighting for a fair contract
Union firefighters at Boeing on Monday rejected a second contract offer from the company.

The members of International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local I-66 had rejected a previous Boeing offer on March 3. Union leaders say they are willing to continue talks in hope of reaching an agreement that brings pay up to the level of other Puget Sound fire departments, increases staffing to internationally recognized standards and reduces the amount of time it takes firefighters to reach the top of their pay scale.

SPEEA’s Executive Board sent a letter of support to the union’s leadership.

Local I-66 staffs Boeing fire stations at Auburn, Everett, Frederickson, Renton, Seattle and Moses Lake.

Along with being lifesaving first responders to accidents and medical emergencies on Boeing property, these specialized fire fighters are on hand whenever a Boeing aircraft is fueled or takes off for a delivery or test flight. The fire prevention work they do has saved the company billions of dollars in insurance premiums.

Read the letter

Posted 4/5/2024
Petition results
Election for SPEEA-NW VPs to serve on IFPTE Exec Council

Seven SPEEA members submitted valid election petitions to fill two seats as SPEEA-Area vice presidents representing the Northwest on the IFPTE Executive Council.

As a result, there will be an election to fill those seats. Ballots will be mailed to SPEEA members’ home addresses by May 1. Ballots must be returned prior to the vote count on May 15.

Only one union member filed a valid petition for the single seat of SPEEA-Area vice president representing the Midwest. There will not be an election in that race.

The Executive Council is the IFPTE’s governing body. It meets in person twice a year to review spending and set policy.

In addition, 17 valid petitions were filed by candidates to fill 17 seats as SPEEA delegates to this year’s IFPTE convention in New Orleans. No election is required. The delegates will represent SPEEA at the IPFTE’s 61st convention, which will be July 8-11 in New Orleans. Hundreds of delegates are expected from IFPTE locals across the United States and Canada.

2024-27 IFPTE SPEEA-Area Vice President

Northwest VP candidates*
(Contested election for two seats; names are listed in ballot order determined in a random drawing by the Teller Committee.)

  • Dan Nowlin
  • Emily Brent-Fulps
  • David Garrett
  • John Dimas
  • Shaunna Winton
  • Christopher Tracy
  • Ryan Rule

Midwest VP
(One seat; uncontested)
                • R Matthew Joyce
2024 IFPTE Convention Delegates

(17 seats)

  • Mike Arrington
  • Brian Algiers
  • Andrew Bracken
  • Emily Brent-Fulps
  • Rogelio Garcia
  • David Garrett
  • Byron Henderson
  • Aaron Kruspe
  • Jimmie Mathis
  • Brian Meyer
  • Dan Nowlin
  • Richard O’Neill
  • Joseph Pham
  • Rod Siders
  • Christopher Tracy
  • Shaunna Winton
  • Gordon Yip

(No petitions received)

Posted 3/29/2024
SPEEA members benefit
Boeing acknowledges EIP error; some to get more money, none taken back

Boeing notified SPEEA it had provided Employee Incentive Plan (EIP) bonuses based on misclassified business units for potentially thousands of Boeing workers.

The company mistakenly paid some employees the Corporate (CORP) EIP bonus instead of the bonus applicable to the business unit they supported in 2023. As a result, impacted workers supporting Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) and Boeing Defense Systems (BDS) were overpaid. SPEEA members working for Boeing Global Services were underpaid by more than 30%. 

SPEEA filed an information request with Boeing after a number of members reported concerns about a potential error in their EIP payouts. Some had been informed by their management that overpayments would be taken back out of three upcoming paychecks.

On March 28, Boeing told SPEEA it will make SPEEA members whole if they were underpaid and will not take back money that was overpaid. “We appreciate Boeing fixing this and ensuring that nobody was harmed by the error,” said Ray Goforth, SPEEA executive director. 

The 2023 performance year's EIP formula should have paid bonuses between 3.6% and 5.95% of an individual's eligible earnings, based on the performance of the business unit to which they are assigned.

Posted 3/29/2024
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
Apply for NW Council STEM grant

Are you a Northwest SPEEA member involved in STEM outreach? Apply for a Northwest Council grant related to Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM).

Click here for application

The deadline to apply is Monday, Aug. 15.

The grants are distributed to help non-profit organizations promote students’ interest in STEM-related careers.

Grant applications can only be submitted by Northwest members who are connected to the organization as a coach, mentor or parent with a student involved, for example.

Past STEM grant recipients include robotics teams affiliated with For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) and the Washington State Science and Engineering Fair (WSSEF).

Members needed for grant review committee

Northwest SPEEA members are encouraged to apply for the committee reviewing STEM grant applications. The committee, which includes Northwest Council officers, provides its recommendation to the Council for a vote.

To apply for the STEM Grant Review Committee, email with your contact information and school district where you live by noon, Friday, June 28.

Posted 3/26/2024
Press Release

SPEEA wins reinstatement for seven Boeing pilots in labor case

The Boeing Company violated federal labor law by retaliating against seven of its instructor pilots who had engaged in union activity, a federal administrative law judge ruled.

“I find that Boeing was motivated by anti-union animus and was punishing its (Flight Training Airplane) pilots for their union activity in April 2020,” Judge Gerald M. Etchingham wrote in his order issued March 22 for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). “No other rational explanation exists.”

The judge ordered Boeing to offer the seven pilots their jobs back, pay them for lost wages and benefits and restore their positions – which had been outsourced to non-union contractors – to the company’s full-time, union-represented payroll.
“The ruling is a resounding win for our union-represented pilots,” said Ray Goforth, the executive director of SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001, which represented the Boeing instructor pilots before their work was outsourced to third-party contractors. The union pursued the federal complaint on their behalf.

“Boeing systematically dismantled the pilot training safety system that had served the company and its customers well for decades,” Goforth said. “They stripped the safety system for parts, pocketed the savings, then contracted out the remaining pieces to pretend that no substantive changes had occurred.” - Press release continued

Link to NLRB ruling

Posted 3/25/2024
SPEEA statement on Boeing executives’
departures amid safety crisis

SPEEA responds to news of Boeing CEO and other executives leaving the company in the midst of the company’s safety crisis, including the door plug blowout on Alaska Flight 1282.

“The problems in Boeing’s executive suite are systemic. Nothing is going to change for the better without company leadership acknowledging their failures and thoroughly committing to fixing them,” SPEEA said in a statement.

SPEEA Executive Director Ray Goforth added: “The next CEO should be an aerospace engineer. This company thrived under engineering leadership for decades but has lurched from crisis to crisis with MBAs running the company.”

Posted 3/13/2024
Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU)

Five members on WEU Negotiation Team
Congratulations to Benjamin BlankleyLaura Dame SantryR Matthew JoyceBrennan Macklin and Derek Milligan. They were elected March 13 to serve on the Wichita Engineering Unit (WEU). Negotiation Team. The WEU Bargaining Unit Council Reps voted to determine the negotiation team members.

In addition to negotiations training, the team will meet regularly with staff to prepare for contract negotiations with Spirit AeroSystems. The SPEEA-Spirit WEU contract expires Dec. 1.
Posted 2/26/2024
SPEEA welcomes FAA report on Boeing safety culture;
calls for change

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) panel of experts, which included SPEEA Director of Strategic Development Rich Plunkett, spent the past 14 months reviewing safety procedures and quality processes at the Boeing Co. Their report is out this morning.

Read more

Posted 2/1/2024
Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP)
SPEEA proposes safety program for Boeing professionals

In an effort to improve quality and safety procedures at Boeing, SPEEA has proposed a new process that would protect unionized engineers and technicians who speak out about potential problems they see in their work area or even mistakes with their own work.

The proposed Aviation Safety Action Program (ASAP) would be a tri-party agreement signed by Boeing, SPEEA and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). SPEEA brought the proposal forward in a meeting with Boeing executives on Jan. 31.

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Posted 1/25/2024
Petition results for Tellers

.Teller petitions
Congratulations to the members who submitted valid petitions for the Northwest Teller committee. They ran unopposed and will begin serving two-year terms April 1. The Northwest Council officers validated the petitions.

Northwest Tellers


  • Carl Bakke
  • Jimmie L. Mathis
  • Robert Merriott
  • Travis Moyer
  • Todd Rosenfelt
  • Mike Shea

In the Midwest, no Teller petitions were submitted by the deadline.

Teller vacancies
Look for an interim petition form coming soon to (drop-down menu: Councils/Forms, Petitions, Delineations) to fill one of these Teller committee openings:
  • Midwest (two seats)
  • Northwest Tech bargaining unit (one seat)
  • SPEEA Pilots and Instructors Unit (SPIU) (one seat)

Tellers oversee union elections, Council district delineations and review the annual financial audit for SPEEA.

Posted 1/23/2024
SPEEA supports ‘Speak Up’ for a ‘reporting culture’

Rich Plunkett, SPEEA director of strategic development, also serves on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Organization Designation Authorizations Expert Panel and recently joined the Department of Transportation (DOT) Aerospace Supply Chain Resiliency Task Force.

By Rich Plunkett
SPEEA Director of Strategic Development

By now, most members have taken the Safety Management System (SMS) training “Product Safety: Every Decision Matters” and are aware of Boeing’s Speak Up system. Yet, few use the Speak Up program, preferring to rely upon less formal reporting methodologies (e.g., talking with your local manager, another member of management, etc.) with the assumption that they will resolve the concern and/or mitigate the hazard. Unfortunately, informal reporting mechanisms don’t guarantee the issue will find its way into the SMS as they do not have the formality of the Speak Up system.

Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun’s words during the presentation by executives regarding the Alaska Flight 1282 accident were: “Everything matters, every detail matters” and “… the strength is all of you speaking up.” 

Boeing’s technical and engineering professionals are in powerful and unique positions to improve product safety and quality.  We have a direct impact on the technical and safety matters under our control (i.e., what we are paid to do). We can also impact other safety areas with thoughtful suggestions on improvements to processes, decisions, protocols.  Hence, we can answer Calhoun’s call to action by sharing our unique insights regarding all things that impact the collective ability to produce the greatest aviation products on the planet. 

Boeing is just starting to embrace the concept of “Just Culture,” which encourages the reporting of safety concerns without fear of retaliation. Fortunately, SPEEA-represented employees have an additional layer of protection – Just Cause, which is found in Article 3 of the Engineering and Technical contracts. With these tools, we can move towards what is known as a “reporting culture.” To help with the redundant systems, please consider sending a copy of any Speak Up submittals to

Posted 1/17/2024
SPEEA Profs and Techs
Boeing updates retention timeline

Boeing recently issued an updated timeline for this year’s retention rating process for Profs and Techs. The new effective date is May 6.

Boeing managers assign retention ratings to SPEEA-represented employees each year. The retention ratings determine the general order if layoffs are needed.

For the updated schedule and more information about retention ratings and SPEEA’s appeal process, click here or go to the SPEEA website’s drop-down menu: Member Tools/Retention.

Posted 12/13/2023
SPEEA media statement on Boeing return-to-office policy
In response to calls from the media regarding Boeing’s recent communication on return-to-office expectations, SPEEA Executive Director Ray Goforth reiterated SPEEA’s position.

Media statement

Right now, Boeing’s expectation is for our members to be in-office, but they’re letting managers have flexibility in allowing remote work, when it makes sense for their work group. We’d encourage Boeing to keep this status quo.

We’ve heard from some of our members that they will leave Boeing if they are forced to be in-office full time. We wouldn’t expect to see people quit their jobs, however, until the company actually mandates that.

Boeing has the ability, under our current contract, to both allow and terminate remote work arrangements at its discretion. However, in Letter of Understanding 13, Boeing acknowledges that remote work is “a viable option” that can “benefit both the company and the individual.”

We believe the data shows that remote work has proven its value. The SPEEA Council in October passed a resolution of continued support for remote-work options.

If Boeing can outsource engineering work to Poland or India – effectively letting those workers telecommute from other continents – it can and should also allow its aerospace professionals living in Stanwood or Sumner to work remotely too.
Posted 7/21/2023
Boeing Profs and Techs
SPEEA contracts limit how long managers can
stop employees from transferring

While Boeing continues to push for individuals to speak up when they see something and otherwise operate as informed, intelligent individuals, some managers are pushing for containment.

One of those measures is to keep employees in their current positions when the individual wants to transfer to another Boeing job. SPEEA’s Prof and Tech contracts limit the amount of time a manager can keep an employee from transferring, which is contrary to the new, non-union enterprise practice.

Our contracts reference an older Boeing policy that includes a number of important details. The policy includes a process for “Critical Situations” related to retention of employees which logically includes visibility to and the approval of a vice president. 

For all other situations, employees are considered “releaseable” 12 months after their date of hire, rehire, recall from layoff or being transferred at their own request. The policy also includes the caveat below:

Release earlier than 12 months or from an established program or job assignment conclusion date may be authorized when the releasing management determines such release to be in the best interest of the company and employee.


If you are told you cannot take another position due to not being in your job long enough, email and ask for your contract administrator. See your contract online at (drop-down menu: Bargaining Units/Contracts).

Updated 9/22/2022
The Boeing Company
Virtual work should remain an option for SPEEA members

The Boeing Company’s unilateral corporate edict for employees to return to the workplace is more focused on workplace optics than actual data regarding productivity.

SPEEA-represented employees continue to show high levels of productivity – whether working on-site or virtually.

Union leaders and staff have repeatedly engaged Boeing on the need to allow employees to work virtually. Despite Boeing acknowledging virtual work is not impacting productivity and the company’s elimination of many on-site work spaces, corporate remains committed to returning its employees to the workplace.

While requiring its own direct employees to return to the workplace, Boeing continues to outsource work to locations around the world – effectively allowing this outsourced work to be performed offsite.

The people who are entrusted to design, engineer and support the manufacturing of the world’s most sophisticated aerospace products should also be trusted by their employer to decide how to best get their group’s work statement completed. It is unfortunate management continues to assert its right to manage workers with less than adequate regard for the needs and well-being of its employees.

We encourage employees who want or need to continue working virtually to discuss their situation, viable options, and accommodations with their manager. Many local managers are working with employees and finding solutions such as long-term telecommuting or leave of absences.

Information in LOU-13 relating to Virtual Office/Telecommuting of the Prof and Tech contracts may be helpful.

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Committees are open to all members and cover a wide range of interests. Interested in politics? Join the Legislative and Public Affairs Committee. Other committees focus on diversity, member activities, new members, women's advocacy, veterans issues and other issues important to members. Attend a meeting to get a feel for the issues and activities. New issues and ideas are always welcome.

Established committees, along with their charter and officers are listed on the committee pages. For more information, attend a meeting or contact one of the committee officers.

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