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Engineers Week - Feb. 18-24
SPEEA supports outreach to promote careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

Study will examine Washington competitiveness
SPEEA and Machinists District 751 - as part of the Governor’s Choose Washington NMA Council - commissioned Richard Aboulafia, vice president of the Teal Group, to conduct an in-depth analysis of the state’s competitive position to design, manufacture and assemble Boeing’s proposed New Middle-Market aircraft.

The effort was announced Wednesday (Feb. 7) during a conference call with reporters and representatives of the Choose Washington NMA Council. SPEEA and the Machinists, along with business, education, state and local government, are members of the Council.
“We look forward to looking at the data and providing a very clear examination of the state’s strengths and weaknesses,” said Aboulafia.

The study is initially co-funded by the IAM and SPEEA. Council and state officials are working on the broader funding for the Council’s overall efforts, including work related to the study.

“As independent aerospace experts, Aboulafia and his team know what aerospace firms look for when making site decisions,” said Chelsea Orvella, SPEEA’s representative on the Council. “With this study, our unions and the NMA Council are being proactive and tapping into new approaches to secure Boeing’s next plane in Washington.”

As one of the leading aerospace analyst in the world, Aboulafia and the Teal Group are well suited for performing an in-depth analysis of Washington’s engineering and manufacturing facilities, talent pool, supplier network, tax structure and proven success for Boeing.
“They will let us know where we are strong – and I believe we are strong everywhere,” said Jon Holden, president of IAM District 751. “This will be independent and something we can use to improve our environment.”

The study is scheduled for completion in April.
Petitions due for IFPTE VP and/or convention delegate

SPEEA will conduct an election for IFPTE convention delegates and regional vice presidents on the IFPTE Executive Council (to be formally nominated at the convention).

The IFPTE convention is June 25-28 in Atlantic City. This year’s triennial convention celebrates IFPTE’s 100th anniversary. SPEEA members voted to affiliate with IFPTE in 1999.

SPEEA has three VP seats on the IFPTE Executive Council (two Northwest and one Midwest). The elected members will serve three-year terms. The Council typically meets twice a year.

Petitions and election information

Petitions due by March 7. Ballots counted April 25.

Executive Board candidates for president, treasurer and secretary

Nine members submitted valid petitions for three positions on the Executive Board.

The following candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the ballot (as determined by the Tellers Committee in a random drawing).

  • Mehmet Ugur Koksu
  • Joel Funfar
  • Keith A. Covert  
  • Jimmie Mathis
  • Michelle L. Cooper
  • Ryan Rule
  • Stanley Huang
  • Dan Nowlin

Ballots coming
SPEEA will print and mail ballots along with a voter guide, including candidate information, to members’ homes by Feb. 28. Deadline for ballots to arrive at SPEEA (mailbox or hall) is noonWednesday, March 14.

The new two-year terms for Executive Board officers begin March 28.

* Shannon Deacon withdrew from the president candidate race.

WSLC Lobby Day in Olympia
SPEEA members joined more than 200 fellow union members from across Washington on Friday for the annual Washington State Labor Council’s Lobbying Day in Olympia. Everett Council Rep. Roderick Siders, right in photo with Capitol photo, is with Teamster Debbie Gath and IBEW member Damien Fisher before and during a meeting with Sen. Steve Hobbs, (D-Lake Stevens). Members attended work sessions Thursday and spent Friday taking their union’s issues to individual legislators.  The regular legislative session opened Jan. 8 and continues to March 8.
Petitions for regional Tellers Committees

Five candidates submitted valid petitions for the regional Tellers Committees, which oversee union elections. They serve two-year terms.

 With vacancies remaining on both committees (three seats in the Northwest and one seat in the Midwest), no election is necessary.

Northwest Tellers

  • David Garrett
  • Stephen Karich
  • Michael Knopp
  • Lynda Maynard

 Midwest Tellers

  • R.G. Reser

 If you’re interested in submitting a petition to run for Teller, go to (drop-down menu for Councils/Forms and Petitions).

SPEEA/Boeing joint statement
Salary Adjustment Funds for 2018 announced
Boeing and the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA), IFPTE Local 2001 today announced the 2018 salary adjustment funds for employees in the union’s Professional and Technical bargaining units.

After reviewing the adjustment pools resulting from agreed upon data, Boeing recognized the need to go above and beyond contract requirements for salary pools to retain expertise and experience in the workforce. The additional adjustment results in a 3.2% salary pool for engineers with an additional 1.8% lump sum for all employees in the Professional Unit. The salary adjustment pool for Technical Unit employees is the full 5%.

As adjusted, the salary pools meet the contractual requirement to keep Professional Unit members at or above 115% of the market and Technical Unit members at or above 121% of the market.

Based solely on the market comparison outlined in the Professional contract, the salary adjustment fund for engineers would be 1%. The market comparison determined Technical employees were eligible for a 5% salary adjustment pool.

“This salary fund will allow us to recognize the importance of the contributions made each day by our engineering and technical employees,” said Todd Zarfos, vice president of Engineering Functions, Washington Design Center and senior chief Engineer of Systems.

“We agreed to Contracts that provide rates of pay above the market and Boeing continues to work with us to assure compliance with the letter and intent of our negotiations,” said Ray Goforth, SPEEA executive director.

Ryan Rule, SPEEA president, added “This is appreciated, and I believe, another reflection of the improved relationship we’ve been developing.”

Boeing and SPEEA negotiated the contracts for engineers and technical workers in February 2016. The contracts include a provision that salary adjustment funds are established from a pool of money of 5%. The pool is then divided into two types of funds, one for salary adjustments, and one for lump sums.

The size of the salary adjustment fund is then determined by comparing the average salary of Boeing’s employees in those units to the average salary of comparable employees in the market, with the annual Mercer-SIRS High Tech Company salary survey providing the standard.

Thresholds for the salary adjustment funds allow average wages 15% above market for engineers and 21% above market for technical workers in 2018.  SPEEA and Boeing representatives reviewed the Mercer data as well as data from other sources to help assure the intent of the agreement and the needs of the parties are met. These efforts will continue.

“It’s important to keep wages competitive and reward performance. That’s how we attract and retain the best talent, while inspiring the innovative thinking we need to win in the marketplace,” said Zarfos.

More information for affected employees is available from managers, union representatives, and Human Resources representatives.
First place Labor Media Awards
Spotlite wins for General Excellence among labor publications

The monthly Spotlite magazine, written and designed by SPEEA Communications, is this year’s First Place winner for General Excellence in the 2017 Labor Media Awards.

Presented by the International Labor Communicators Association (ILCA), Spotlite won among labor unions with 10,000 to 30,000 members.

Officially presented during the ILCA’s awards luncheon and convention Oct. 20 in St. Louis, the award names Publications Editor Karen McLean, Graphic Designer Lori Dupuis, Communications Support Amber Musselman and Communications Director Bill Dugovich.

 “I'm proud of the fine work SPEEA staff do on a daily basis,” said Ray Goforth, SPEEA Executive Director. “It's wonderful when those efforts are recognized outside our membership.”

The annual ILCA competition receives hundreds of entries from throughout the United States and Canada. The General Excellence category requires unions to submit two issues of the same publication. The issues must be sequential.

 “This is a very special award because it comes from our fellow labor communicators and recognizes the work of everyone who has a hand in producing Spotlite magazine,” said Dugovich.

In past years SPEEA Communications received awards for Best Series and for stories on Labor History.

SPEEA mails Spotlite magazine each month to the homes of all SPEEA-represented employees. Members can also access the magazine by downloading the Spotlite app. The app is available for smart mobile devices by visiting on your mobile device. Links for downloading are at the top of the mobile site home page.


Eligibility extended two years
Trade Act Assistance available for laid-off Boeing workers

Workers laid-off by The Boeing Company in Washington state through August 9, 2019, are eligible to apply for training, income support, and other benefits through the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program (TAA or "Trade Act").

The eligibility dates were recently extended an additional two years as a result of a petition to the U.S. Labor Department by the International Association of Machinists (IAM), District Lodge 751 in partnership with SPEEA, IFPTE Local 2001. 

Laid-off workers will receive a letter detailing the benefits steps to apply for assistance.

Since Washington state extended the aerospace tax preferences (tax breaks) in November, 2013 to Boeing and the aerospace industry with the agreed intent to “maintain and grow Washington’s aerospace workforce” more than 3,500 SPEEA-represented employees have been laid off by the company. The most recent figures from July show that overall Boeing has shed 15,828 jobs from its Washington state workforce since the tax breaks were extended.

Additional information to help members facing layoff is available on the following SPEEA web pages:

Contract benefit
Resume and job-search workshops available at Ed Wells Partnership

Ed Wells Partnership (EWP) recently added a number of resume and job-search workshops to its list of offerings. The workshops provide information about how to be successful searching for new jobs within Boeing.

Complete information and registration is available on the Boeing intranet
SPEEA Locations

SPEEA Headquarters
15205 52nd Ave S
Seattle, WA 98188

Tel: (206) 433-0991
Fax: (206) 248-3990

Office Hours:

Mon - Thurs 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Everett Hall
2414 106th Street SW
Everett, WA 98204

Tel: (425) 355-2883
Toll Free: (877) 355-2883
Fax: (425) 355-9380

Office Hours:

8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Wichita Hall
4621 E. 47th St. South
Wichita, KS 67210

Tel: (316) 682-0262
Fax: (316) 682-4668

Office Hours:
Mon - Thurs 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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