Professional & Technical units
Layoff Information to help SPEEA-represented employees

NEW - Aerospace Jobs Page

With The Boeing Company continuing to announce layoffs, a number of companies and recruters have contacted SPEEA to inform members about exising job openings around the country.  Companies actively recruiting engineers and technical workers


Layoff Questions and Answers
SPEEA Contract Administrators and Council Reps continue to field a wide range of questions regarding the Voluntary Layoff (VLO) process. A
VoluntaryLayoff Q & A is now available to assist members.

Layoff Benefits
Type Restrictions

Maximum pay per year of service Subsidized COBRA  Lump Sum
Normal layoff 1 week / year, max 26 weeks 3 months Income continuation
or lump sum
Voluntary layoff 1 week / year, max 26 weeks 3 months Lump sum required, no recall rights, release required
Layoff due to work movement

2 weeks / year, min 26 weeks
to max 60 weeks

6 months

Lump sum required, no recall rights, release required

Information to help workers facing layoff

Experiencing a layoff is often the most difficult experience a worker will face during their career. During layoff, SPEEA is working and available to help represented employees with information, resources and assistance with the benefits they have earned.

SPEEA receives information regarding layoffs from the companies where represented members work. Information is used by SPEEA Contract Administrators to monitor the process and ensure the company complies with SPEEA contracts, their own procedures and recall processes.

Spirit AeroSystems - Questions employees at Spirit are asking

The Boeing Company - Questions employees at Boeing are asking

- When you leave Boeing - (Company summary)

The AFL-CIO maintains a variety of tools on its website - When the Paycheck Stops

2017 retention schedule that The Boeing Company uses - Retention Schedule effective March 2017

Assistance available to SPEEA-represented employees at Boeing

  • Priority recall rights - Download instruction sheet

  • Boeing unemployment determination letter - Layoff determination letter

  • Unemployment benefits and Voluntary Layoff - Volunteering for layoff does not disqualify employees in Washington state from receiving unemployment benefits. (Read the applicable Washington Administration Code (WAC)

  • The Layoff Resources web page at Ed Wells Partnership (EWP) includes upcoming class schedules for both internal and external job searches, as well as links to EWP career coaching and consulting specifically for engineers and technical employees.

  • (only available through Boeing’s intranet)

  • Boeing Career Transition Services - On the internal Boeing website, type in 'Career Transition Services'. On the page you will find the schedule for Layoff Briefings as well as a schedule for Resume Writing and Interviewing Techniques Workshops.

  • Boeing Total Access: 866-473-2016 (TTY-TDD 800-755-6363) (need BEMS ID and password)

  • Boeing Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or call toll free: 1-866-719-5788

  • Trade Act - Beginning the Process