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SPEEA officers and staff posed for photos with IAM 751 President Jon Holden following his union's strike sanction vote and rally July 17 at T-Mobile Park in Seattle. In an almost unanimous vote, Machinists Union members working at Boeing said they are prepared to strike if the union and company can’t reach a contract agreement by Sept. 12. SPEEA is strongly supporting the Machinists in their efforts; their success in the current negotiations will lay the foundation for contract talks for our Northwest bargaining units in 2026.
Posted 7/18/2024
SPEEA supports IAM

Machinists Union members vote for strike sanction

A group of SPEEA members and staffers came to a rally at T-Mobile Park July 17 to support more than 20,000 Machinists Union members who voted nearly unanimously for their union’s strike sanction vote.

“It’s time to save Boeing from itself,” IAM 751 District President Jon Holden told the cheering crowd. “We are the company.”

The vote is an important step in the IAM contract negotiating process but does not necessarily signify that a strike is imminent. However, the strong turnout at the rally will strengthen union leadership’s hand at the bargaining table, by showing the company that IAM members are united and determined to win a fair contract.

“Are you willing to strike to get the contract you deserve?” Holden asked his members. “I know you are.”

Negotiators from IAM Districts 751 (Seattle) and W24 (Portland) will continue to meet with their Boeing counterparts throughout the rest of the summer to work on a contract union members will vote on some time after Labor Day. The IAM’s contract with Boeing expires at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 12.

SPEEA is strongly supporting our IAM brothers and sisters. Their success in their current talks will lay the foundation for our union’s negotiations with Boeing for our Northwest Prof and Tech units in 2026.

Holden recognized this in his remarks at the rally. While Machinists Union members will benefit directly from an improved contract, their gains will benefit others too, he said. “We’re fighting for the engineers. We’re fighting for everyone in our communities,” Holden said. “There is no Boeing without you.”

Show your support, print out a sign on a private printer. Support 751 or Support W24

Posted 7/8/2024
SPEEA at 61st triennial IFPTE convention
SPEEA leaders and other activists are taking part this week in the 61st triennial IFPTE convention in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Hundreds of delegates from IFPTE Locals across the U.S. and Canada are coming together to conduct business including voting
on resolutions to set policy, elect Executive Council officers and VP nominees as well as attend training on topics ranging from
collective bargaining agreements to race relations. Shown here are the SPEEA delegates and staff at the convention. 

Posted 7/5/2024
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).

Posted 7/1/2024
Statement on Boeing purchase of Spirit

In response to the announced purchase of Spirit AeroSystems by Boeing, SPEEA released the following statement:

The announced sale of Spirit AeroSystems to Boeing brings some certainty to the nearly 3,000 engineers, technical and professional workers at Spirit that SPEEA represents.

"Barring any regulatory concerns, we now know that the re-acquisition of Spirit is happening. That frees up company officials to talk substantively about how this will impact employees," said Ray Goforth, SPEEA's executive director. "SPEEA will work with representatives from both companies and will provide answers to our members as information becomes available."

SPEEA represents more than 19,000 engineers, scientists, pilots and technical workers at Boeing and Spirit in Washington, Oregon, Kansas, California and Utah.

Posted 6/10/2024
SPEEA supports union flight attendents
At the SeaTac airport, SPEEA members and staff joined about 100 unionized flight attendants at Alaska, American and other airlines in a day of action June 13 to draw attention to their long-drawn-out efforts to win fair contracts. SPEEA is strongly supporting the flight attendants, who are members of both the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA) and the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA)-Communications Workers of America (CWA). SPEEA’s Executive Board sent a letter to both unions, proclaiming that “corporate greed won’t fly.” Click here to read the full letter. SPEEA members also joined the picket line along with members of other unions, including Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Teamsters and International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Labor Councils as well as airline pilots.
Posted 6/10/2024
Networking, training and inspiration at SPEEA convention/conference
At the conclusion of the SPEEA Leadership Conference, Council Reps, Executive Board and other elected leaders and guests came together for this photo. Guests included IFPTE President Matt Biggs, IFPTE Secretary-Treasurer Gay Henson and IFPTE Legislative Director Faraz Khan.

SEATAC, Wash – About 100 Council Reps, Executive Board and labor activists came together for two days of meetings, training and networking June 7-8.

This is the only time SPEEA brings together activist members from out of state and across the Puget Sound to meet in person.
The SPEEA Council voted on motions to set policy at the annual convention June 7. During a special day of training, June 8, participants attended workshops organized by the SPEEA Leadership Development and Training (LDT) Committee.

Noting the SPEEA Leadership Conference theme, LDT Committee Chair and SPEEA Council Secretary Byron Henderson reflected:

“As we are ‘honoring our past and inspiring our future,’ this year’s conference has provided a leadership path for our union’s officials. I am excited for the future of SPEEA.”

Look for more photos and coverage in the upcoming SPEEA News and July SPEEA Spotlite.

Posted 6/5/2024
NW Council elects interim Executive Board regional VP

Congratulations to David Garrett, the new Northwest regional vice president, who will fill the interim vacancy created when former NW Regional Vice President John Dimas was elected SPEEA president.

The Northwest Council voted June 5 at a special Council meeting.

The Executive Board members are responsible for setting and administering the annual budget and administering the affairs of SPEEA. The regional VP terms expire in March 2025.

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